As the child of a dancer and a writer, art has been an omnipresent force in my life. But I have only recently come to really appreciate the exposure to art I have received from my parents. Before I understood that influence, I saw art first and foremost as a means of introspection and investigation, and as a way of communicating what I thought was important, confusing, or beautiful. For most of my life, my medium of choice has been writing, but I am beginning to uncover an interest in visual art; photography in particular has come to play a significant role in my life as an artist and a student.
I was born in Brooklyn and raised on both coasts. I go to Bard High School Early College, a school which after three years still never fails to surprise me with what I believe is a unique and incredible intellectual atmosphere. As a junior, this is a big year: I’ve discovered that I love calculus (a shock to be sure), that I want to pursue politics and journalism in one way or another, and that the college process, while not as formidable as I once thought, is definitely daunting. This year I’ve nurtured a lifelong passion for literature, solidified my interest in economics and gender politics, and have gotten closer to realizing my own sense of aesthetics in writing and art. These things and more have all served as inspiration for my own artwork, and I hope that through Youth Insights, I can continue to expand my understanding and appreciation of other people’s art, and also generate some of my own.