Monday, December 8, 2014

CONFORM OR DEVIATE, by Lollipop

~Conform or Deviate, by Lollipop
"A lot of people at my school get bullied for acting outside of the stereotypical behaviour that suits their gender norm. It makes me angry that to this day people still expect and put pressure on us to act in particular ways according to our gender; for example, girls are expected to like shopping and fashion, and also to be less intelligent, while boys are expected to like sports and some consider themselves to be "not allowed" to cry.
I took this photograph as a part of my recent art project and as a way of saying, "You know, people don't have to conform to your ideals." To do it I put on a short-haired wig and painted on myself with highlighter and lipgloss (which was a mistake, really hard to get off, don't try it). The overall idea was to convey a sense of gender-neutrality; to say, it's okay to act the way you want to and your gender shouldn't dictate that."

Sunday, December 7, 2014

STOP THE HATE, by Ali Hayman

She walks around with pain in her heart
The hate she's faced has torn her self-esteem apart
They call her horrible names
And then laugh because to them it's all fun and games.
We are also a part of the human race
But hate is not all we face
There is more to me than my sexuality
Take for example my unique personality
All I want is to be treated with respect
Why is that so hard to accept?
We fight to have the same equal rights
And the right to marry the person we love
But hate looms over us like a dark cloud from above
Love conquers hate
We will win this fight while those who hate on us will be met with their fate
~Stop The Hate, by Ali Hayman
"My submission is a poem I wrote after I was bullied relentlessly for my sexual orientation it helped to write the poem and get out my feelings I had been dealing with for a long time that I almost bottled up inside of me."

Saturday, December 6, 2014

BULLYING, by Aiko


~Bullying, by Aiko
"The point of my artwork is that I know that many people are being bullying and not a lot of people know that. Some people are good hiding things and other people don't know what's going. I know how much it hurts when people get bullied believe me I've been through that too. I want the bullying victims to know there ARE people out there you will help you. It can be a parent, friends, pet etc. Also doing activities to tell your emotions is helpful when you can't use words. I want people to understand that even though you feel as if no one is there to help you. There are. Maybe you just have to look harder or maybe they'll come to you. No matter what happens the world is unfair. Bullying can happen to anyone and it can take it to extreme cases. But that's why there are people who will help you. I know sometimes when you tell people but they do nothing about it. Like teachers and counselors for instance. Some people believe that if you tell anybody the situation will get worse. Both of these are true. However, it is better to tell someone rather than keeping it bottled up inside of you. That is the purpose of my art. Don't be afraid to tell somebody and don't think of yourself as someone insignificant because you aren't. You are special just like everybody is in this world."

Friday, December 5, 2014

HATER, by Gabriela Martinez

~Hater, by Gabriela Martinez
"When I was very little and I was still growing I didn't hurt anybody, I was so shy and quiet and my classmates were hurting me all the time. They teased me, they broke my clothes and gave me very bad and rude nicknames without any reason.
When I listened to this song and read the lyrics, something inspired me to draw a piece of art after I saw the video because I felt identified and I clearly saw the message, because I lived that.
In the video you see a black and white scene while something like blood covers people that are screaming.

So I drew a person, one guy from the band in B&W (like it is on the video) and I drew him with a guitar pick, covering with his hand half face. The meaning of this is; one side shows what you feel, that's why I put the blood tear, and the other side is how you feel (sometimes) the solution, in this case, through music."

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A STORM IS BREWING, by Peppi

~A Storm Is Brewing, by Peppi
"One thing I've noticed in my school is how people make fun of each other without actually seeing the gravity of what they're doing. So in this painting, you have this girl crying. Without looking closely, that's all you're going to see. But then there's a storm inside of her. What she shows on the outside is nothing compared to how she feels in the inside. But then storms. Storms have a tendency to be strong, and powerful, and life changing. Story's bring lightning and thunder, and rain. And most of all, they leave behind rainbows."