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Masked child playing in Trastevere | Enfant masqué s’amusant dans le Trastevere
Masked child playing in Trastevere | Enfant masqué s’amusant dans le Trastevere

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Artwork title: Masked child playing in Trastevere | Enfant masqué s’amusant dans le Trastevere
Medium: black and white acrylic painting | peinture acrylique noire et blanche
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Masked child playing in Trastevere | Enfant masqué s’amusant dans le Trastevere

Artist: priscilla_tremblay
Medium: black and white acrylic painting | peinture acrylique noire et blanche

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Artist's Statement

Why did I choose to paint this photograph? I immediately sensed the child’s innocence through his posture and facial expression. This is the innocence that all children have but it tends to fade away as they get older. I portrayed this transformation with the shadow cast by the mask on the left side of the child’s face. While a mask is simply a way to have fun for young people, it becomes a means of escape over time. The loss of a close relative, a broken heart or a betrayal – these misfortunes may drive us to hide behind a tough, wary and impermeable exterior. This is why I envy this carefree spirit and wish that I had never lost it.

Pourquoi ai-je choisi de peindre cette photographie? J’ai tout de suite ressenti l’innocence de l’enfant, par sa posture et son expression faciale. Cette innocence que tous les enfants ont, mais qui tend à disparaître lorsqu’ils vieillissent. J’ai représenté ce changement par l’ombrage créé par le masque sur la moitié gauche du visage. Masque qui est simplement un moyen de s’amuser pour les jeunes, alors qu’il devient une forme d’échappatoire au fil des années. La perte d’un proche, une peine d’amour, une trahison : ces difficultés peuvent nous pousser à nous cacher derrière un caractère fort, soupçonneux et sans fragilité... croyant ainsi être à l’abri du monde extérieur. C’est pourquoi j’envie cette insouciance et aurais bien aimé ne jamais la perdre.

Rules

  1. You have to be a resident of Canada and be 16 to 19 years old as of June 18, 2013 to be eligible.
  2. You can only submit one 2-dimensional artwork in any medium (photography, drawing, painting, etc). It can’t be any bigger than 18 x 24 inches (45.27 cm X 60.97 cm) so that it will fit in our display if it makes it into the top 12. Note that a photograph that documents an oversized artwork you made in another medium will not be accepted as a valid entry.
  3. Your artwork has to be an original. If your artwork includes images from popular culture, like the image of a famous person, an album cover, or a company logo, you have to prove that you have permission to include it in your artwork; otherwise your submission will be disqualified.

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First Prize

A paid and personalized visit to the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa to learn about careers in visual arts and have their portfolio reviewed by an expert; and a $500 gift certificate for art supplies (total maximum value $3500).

Second Prize

A $1000 gift certificate for art supplies.

Third Prize

A $500 gift certificate for art supplies.

TOP 12 FINALISTS

Will have their works showcased in the National Gallery of Canada.

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Gift certificates for art supplies for the top three winners will generously be offered by the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Arts.

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