watercolor, colored pencil, ink; 14×11”
“My art piece relates to article 5 of Human Rights, Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment. It is about Human Trafficking and represents a flower girl as a symbol of freedom and escape, breaking away from the vines that are holding her back. The thumb prints symbolize victims of the issue, their gender and age. My message is that even when something is ripped away from us we can still gain control and bloom to be an amazing person.
ARTIST BIO: Taylor Pruitt is a Grade 11 student at Butler Tech School of Art (SOA).
PROJECT: After learning about human rights in Mrs. Valerie Folz’ Government classes at Butler Tech School of the Arts, 45 high school students chose a human rights issue they wanted to research. Then in Mrs. Mary Catherine Ruby’s Visual Art + Design classes they visually communicated their voice through their art using symbolic imagery to represent the human rights issue they had selected.