Student art competition winner overcomes fears with art

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First place winners

► Kindergarten to Grade 2: Anne Violet Tucker, Kindergarten to Shades Cahaba Elementary School: “Parrots in the Jungle”

► From third to fifth grade: Alyanna Cate Baylon, fourth at Hall-Kent Elementary School: “Under the Starry Night”

► From sixth to eighth grade: Evelyn Frohsin, eighth at Indian Springs School: “VP Kennedy”

► Grades 9 to 12: Phoebe Reed, 11th at Homewood High School: “Fearing Future Reflection”

View all quotes online at homewoodlibrarypix.org/kids/5th-annual-student-art-contest-virtual-2021.


The winner of the fifth annual student art competition, Phoebe Reed, has spent the past academic year delving into her fears and illustrating them on canvas.

The annual competition is hosted by the Homewood Public Library and attracts hundreds of applicants from Homewood and across the county. This year’s Best in Show winner was Reed, who is now a rising senior at Homewood High School.

Her work, titled “Fearing Future Reflection,” was part of a series she did in her advanced art class at school.

“I decided that I was going to dive deep into the fears and the complexity of fears, and how that is shown figuratively and literally,” she said.

Reed has anxiety, so she has a handful of fears, she said. These include terminal illness, death, ocean, and centipedes. In “Fearing Future Reflection”, she explores the fear of aging, which she says is a fear that she sees in the adults around her.

“Every time you look at yourself in the mirror you don’t care what it’s going to come. It’s inevitable, ”she said. “So every time you look at yourself in the mirror you see a new wrinkle. You see a new stain as you get older and older. He laughs at you because it’s going to come whether you like it or not.

Another piece she worked on in school was Fear of the Unknown. It shows someone sitting looking at their hands on their knees, and another hand in the frame is moving towards them.

“It’s the fear of the unknown: being diagnosed with a terminal illness because you don’t know where it’s going to go or what the future will look like for you.”

The show has helped Reed grow as an individual, she said.

“It made me realize that so many other people are afraid of these things,” she said. “I grow with the paintings as I create them. I was also afraid of personal fears in creating it, and creating it and learning more from it, it helped me overcome them. I guess it’s a personal experience that grows and that I find myself through these different paintings that I do.

Reed said it was difficult to select a piece to enter the art competition. This year, the library received the most submissions to date, with almost 200 entries.

“We have seen this event grow every year and honestly we had no idea how successful the competition was going online,” said Judith Wright, Teen Librarian and Deputy Library Director. “This is a testament to the impact of art on children and adolescents. These students took the uncertainty and stress of the past year and challenged him to create art.

For those who want to get into art, Reed said they shouldn’t focus on comparing with others.

“Create what you are feeling and what you are curious about,” she says. “It will inspire you more to create your own unique creations.”

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