Heading down Market Street at the Mashpee Commons, there are many different storefronts that catch the eye. However, in the windows of the old Talbot’s store there is something new that stands out to passersby.
Four Advanced Placement Art students from Mashpee Middle-High School, juniors Serena Tripp and Kit Bold and seniors Caroline Bohm and Gavin Wills, are displaying their artwork in the store windows.
“We can’t thank the Mashpee Commons enough for this opportunity. In this crazy year, so many of the venues for the students to display their amazing artwork are gone. The students are so excited. This year that is a rare thing,” said Consuelo Carroll, outreach coordinator for the Mashpee Public Schools.
In class and during their free time, the students create art over a wide range of mediums including oil pastels, oil paintings, watercolor paintings, acrylic paintings, croquis (quick sketches of a live model) and garment design.
The themes of each student’s work are also wide-ranging. For Gavin, the focus is on clothing.
“The work on display follows the journey of this decaying ideal,” Gavin said. “From its emergence, to decay, to death and reception at the doors of the end where it sits lonely upon a sullen throne, waiting for the time when it will bear fruit that is free of this cycle of ruination and rebirth.”
Each of the pieces varies in shape, color and size along with the clothing worn by the subject.
For Caroline, the focus is on what is underneath clothes—and the skin.
“My concentration was inspired by the artwork of American painter Georgia O’Keeffe. I wanted bones to be my concentration because skulls and skeletons are one of my favorite things to draw, and I think I could do a lot of unique art pieces centered around them,” she said.
In Caroline’s work, not all of the pieces are colorless. In fact, it is the opposite, and many of Caroline’s skeleton pieces are some of the brightest on display.
One piece certain to jump out is the skeleton of a unicorn. In this piece, you can see the bare bones and framework of the mythical creature. You can also see a rainbow in the background and a long mane that is rainbow-colored as well.
Both Caroline and Gavin may wind up classmates again next year, as both of the seniors are planning to attend Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.
As for the juniors, their topics are just as creative.
“One of these themes is the tarot card, in which I create my interpretation of each tarot card. The other I recently started, and it is the concept of loss,” Serena said. “The artwork you see is both of these themes, as well as solitary pieces added in.”
“All of my art is something that is personal to me and that I think should be spoken on. It’s my own protest art,” Madison said.
To see all of these unique designs, head down to the Mashpee Commons where the students’ art will be on display through the end of the month.