norma Ruby carrillo

Art inspires me...

I am 18 years old and have won multiple art awards in addition to having an art piece currently on display at the White House. I tend to deny my potential in many aspects of my life and be really self critical, especially in light of the past 10 years of my life as a court-dependent foster kid. However, I have found through the years that though I can’t sing or dance or excel at lots of other activities, I learn quickly with a pencil in hand and experience artistic expression as an activity offering solace and often an outlet for my difficult past. I have weathered lots of challenging times as a court-dependent child whose parents were deported; there have been consistent changing faces, shifting foster homes, and frequent court visits. And over the years, I’ve learned to utilize art as a creative opportunity to look at those difficulties and express them. In short, drawing has always been a gateway for me to express myself or take my mind off the bad things going on. Somehow, I also feel I make art that represents something about me that I don’t particularly see or that i’m consciously aware of. Many people who see my art recognize these pieces or expressions of me that I don’t really see. This too motivates me to create more art.

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I am 18 years old and have won multiple art awards in addition to having an art piece currently on display at the White House. I tend to deny my potential in many aspects of my life and be really self critical, especially in light of the past 10 years of my life as a court-dependent foster kid. However, I have found through the years that though I can’t sing or dance or excel at lots of other activities, I learn quickly with a pencil in hand and experience artistic expression as an activity offering solace and often an outlet for my difficult past. I have weathered lots of challenging times as a court-dependent child whose parents were deported;

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