Third Place
Olivia Horvath
Stolen By Her Mother

My painting, titled "Stolen by her Mother," reflects the injustice committed against enslaved peoples in pre-Civil War times. An ad that particularly struck me was one proclaiming the theft of a nine-year old daughter by her mother. This struck me as absurd—the fact that a mother could ever be charged with stealing her own daughter. This shows the biases that American society had towards slaves. Slaves were not valued or respected as people at all, but as property.

In the painting, I tapped into how the mother and daughter might have felt-a strong bond, even though they were separated by the law. I tried to show this though the closeness of the two figures. Above them, I painted a chain. This was meant to be the ever-looming presence of the binding laws of the white man. Their faces are solemn, for even though they are together, this chain is always a present and pressing issue. For this artwork, I used acrylic paints. This is not a medium I usually work in, but I believed that the subtle shades and texture of paint on canvas would carry across some emotion into the piece.

To me, this painting represents the injustice that was shown towards African Americans in the early years of the United States . The fact that families were torn apart was bad enough. However, the fact that a mother would be persecuted for attempting to rescue her young daughter is absurd and atrocious.

2006 Artwork

Caroline Torres (1)
Allyza Lustig (2)
Olivia Horvath (3)
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Cassie Cartaginese (H)
Adam DePaolo (H)
Stephanie Lawton (H)
Sisi Li (H)
Carolyne Vanegas (H)
Megan Wachs (H)
Jasmine Whiting (H)
Noah Woodley-Aitchison (H)
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Max Caulfield
Andrew Chase
Ben Chehebar
Nick Conte
Sophie Hall
Elana Hoffman
Mary Kate Kelly
Tina Liu
Ashlie Perry
Caroline Pietsch
Kara Rothschild
Diane Saraiva
Hannah Sindorf
Yuriko Takano