My name is Lisa, and I go to Stuyvesant High School. My personal definition of “good art” has changed throughout my life, at first gradually and subtly and then more rapidly and drastically. When I was younger, I’d considered realism to be the only type of real art, and attempted to replicate and represent reality as accurately as I was capable. A couple of years ago, I became fascinated by the works of M. C. Escher and Salvador Dali, and with the concept of Surrealism in general. The idea of changing, manipulating—of warping—reality appealed to me then, and looking back, it seems that this change in mindset was prompted by who I was and who the people around me were at that time.
Keeping with this idea that one’s mentality is a mirror of the things one is affected by, I feel that what I consider to be “good art” now is more vague and difficult to grasp, and yet more sophisticated and closer to my own individual truth than it’s ever been. I’m shaped by every conversation I’ve ever had and everything I’ve seen, and my tastes and ideas are similarly fickle and volatile. Although that means I do not have a set style or signature yet, I’m somehow excited by the idea of being unrestricted by my own expectations. I joined Youth Insights because I wanted to explore some of these ideas with people of similar tastes and interests, and I hope that it’ll help me remain constantly inspired and interested as an artist.