An Independent School • Grades 5-12

Six Lakeside students had their artwork selected for the "20 Under 20" exhibit at the Bellevue Arts Museum, a juried show that highlights artists under the age of 20. Read more about the exhibit here.

Here are the artist statements submitted with the pieces:


"In this image, I wanted to highlight the beauty in something ordinary. A pomegranate seemed like the perfect subject, because although it is just a fruit, when you open it up it has both vibrant colors and a very unusual texture. For the background of the shot, I used an old, beat up cookie sheet rather than a plain background, because although the main subject is the pomegranate, I wanted the entire image to have interesting texture and depth." - Audrey S. '17

"This image was captured in the height of fall at Lakeside School. The colors were beautiful that day, and I wanted to show the contrast of the bright yellow leaf against the crystal blue sky. Though it would be far more impressive if the leaf had actually been in free fall when I caught this, it was actually suspended by a very thin spider web, spinning around and around." - Natasha V. '17

"This piece is a plain black head sculpture on a pedestal with the word 'Vision' engraved on the bottom. With this piece, I coiled the clay up creating the general structure and then later adding the facial features. The interesting thing about my piece is that the eyes are closed while the word on the bottom says 'Vision.' What I wanted to depict was the concept of imagination, the ability to envision things using only your mind. I want people to understand the 'Power of Imagination.'" - Conor C. '18

"I took this photo while chaperoning my 8-year old brother and his friends who were going trick-or-treating on Halloween. It was a total coincidence, but I had discovered a special effect on my camera that would take quality black and white photos in the dark. One of the girls wore wings, and just as the light from a car headlight hit her front, it lit up the wings quite beautifully." - Lauren L. '18

"I started the process of building this ceramic foot by first making a plaster of my own foot. Making the plaster takes from 30 minutes to an hour. Once the plaster is made, I make a slab for the bottom of the piece and cut out the shape that the bottom of the plaster is in. From there I build the whole piece with small coils of Newcomb clay, made from an extruder. I use the plaster as a reference to where parts of the body start, what angles things should be at, and so know what parts of the piece should feel like what. Through this piece, I wanted to show the elegance of the foot. I think that feet usually get looked at as gross, but I wanted to break that stigma by showing how elegant and peaceful it could look though this piece." - Nariah B. '17

"Vanitas are 17th century Dutch still life paintings that use items in daily life juxtaposed with skulls and bones as a reminder of the shortness of earthly life, and the inevitability of death. Through this piece, I wanted to modernize the Vanitas, and portray the symbolism they show more dynamically in 3 dimensions. The hourglass, broken, leaks sand like it is bleeding. The flowers, in silver, seem indomitable, but like everything else, will wilt and die. The black candle with its orange flame frozen in clay, but in real life it would burn and melt. The skull of a bird in glistening black is fossil-like. Unlike the other objects in this composition, it is stable and constant, and shows that the inevitable state of everything is the same - death." - Madeline C. '18