drypoint etching; 10×10”, image 6×6”

“Drawing and Printmaking students at Oak Hills High School worked under the guidance of art teacher Jamie Schorsch to create drypoint etching compositions based on a human right. My piece is based on Article 19, which represents opinions that many people struggle to express. Opinions are necessary and they matter. Speaking with experience, it’s hard to get people to listen to your opinions, or take them into account and sometimes you have to get loud for attention, it takes courage, almost like a dare when playing truth or dare. The tears represent anger, the shirt is laid out like a keyboard because people like to hide behind screens, using opinions to diminish. The hair is the sudden outburst, like turning on a high powered fan. With this image, I wanted to show that having opinions is okay, addressing them is good, and to never let anyone take away those feelings or tell you that they don’t matter, because they do.”

ARTIST BIO: Lizzie schreibeis is a Grade 9 student at Oak Hills High School.