My art piece was a reflection on an experience I had in Mexico. My sister and I had experienced a strange event in my grandparents' house, which made my older sister get scared. We dragged our mattress to the floor of our parents' bedroom, and I held her hand to comfort her. My entire life my sister has always been my protector-- the one who would keep me safe and help me. That night was the first time I had ever taken on a protector role with my older sister, and it impacted our relationship in ways I could never imagine.
My artpiece is titled, "Heavenly Curse." The message I wanted to send was how when you are a child, you tend to romanticize the people you love and think they are perfect. As you grow up, however, you realize that they have a monstrous and ugly side to who they are. An essential part of growing up is realizing that everyone you know has a good and evil side to them, but that is what makes them human. In the end, it all boils down to whether or not you truly love them. If you don't think they are worth it, then you should let them go and stop keeping them in your life. If you love them and think they are worth fighting for, then you will accept them as they are and stay with them anyway. This is the reality of what love is: a sacrifice full of heaven, but also of hell.
"Ambiguity" is a very personal piece. If I had to tell my younger self one piece of advice that I would need for when I grew up, is that there is no real right or wrong, except for the universal laws. I spent most of my childhood worrying about what the right thing to do was, but I realize now that morality varies from person to person (right and wrong is mostly subjective). All human beings, adults included, are just people who are trying to do the right thing, despite their faults. We have to do what we feel is right, even if it might not be compatible with society's black-and-white approach to ethics, but has no place for emotionally-driven actions. Our culture may be wrong about some things that may make us feel uncertain about what we do if we follow them, but we need to do what we feel in our hearts to be right, so that we can have at least a clean conscience.