Mount Paran Christian School sophomore Bailey Hawkins was recently awarded the second place title in Georgia's 11th District 2020 Congressional Art Competition for her ink typography piece, "The Blinded and Close Minded."
The Congressional Art Competition, sponsored in the 11th District by Representative Barry Loudermilk, began in 1982 as an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of young constituents. Each spring, the nationwide Artistic Discovery Contest is open to high school students, with the winning art piece of each district competition displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.
Miss Hawkins says the inspiration for this piece came from her own view of judgmental people, both online and in public communities. “We can find so much judgement in our lives from others,” she says. “This piece was truly meant to represent what a judgmental person must see through a blindfold and what a victim must look like -- fragile and brittle -- to the words that come their way. This piece was an ink typography in which I used definitions of the words close-minded, victim, and judgmental.”
"The Blinded and Close Minded” ink piece illustrates the "beauty" of anger and judgement and its acceptance in mainstream media. Miss Hawkins asserts that people have become blinded to the harsh words humans share with one other. “I want to show you all the true face of judgement that can be found in our everyday life. I urge you to understand that other person you might disagree with,” she says. “Do research or even talk to people about that view. Before we are quick to make a judgement, let's first fully understand what you are trying to fight.”
She says she was inspired to create this winning piece after watching videos this past summer of individuals yelling at one another but not listening. “The words would just not compute in these people's heads and come in like bullets toward one another, but they were still blind to what the others were truly saying.” She continues, “We must act civil toward one another, listen, and learn that we can agree and disagree. We need to focus on the rights people deserve in their opinion and life, and we must acknowledge the other side and the person underneath that opinion.”/p>
As an up-and-coming artist, Miss Hawkins says she wants her art to express her life experiences and hopes it will help others by offering emotional connections. Miss Hawkins’s professional aspirations include working in character animation at Pixar. She contributes much of her artistic success to the support of her MPCS art teacher, Kelly Karr, as well as her family and friends.