Destruction or creation?

How do we define whether something is being created or destructed? Destruction is a form of creation. Destroying things together, bringing walls down and runing boundaries.

I Iva

Chained Spirit

This sculpture symbolizes the political situation between Ukraine and Russia today. Elements of this sculpture symbolizes a piece of history of the Ukrainian people. The two propellers symbolize two different countries as being at the same time close physically but far moral. The lower propeller looks down and the upper one looks up, symbolizing that they are moving in completely different directions. However, there is a small particle between them that explains why they are pointing in different directions. One of the important elements is the chain that symbolizes this conflict between the two countries. The final element is a butterfly that symbolizes the hope of the Ukrainian people for a bright and free future.

V Volodymyr Oleksovskyi

New beginning

At the beginning when I was looking for materials and inspiration, the first thing that caught my attention among all the different objects that were scattered on the floor was a piece of bark. When I looked more closely at it, I saw that inside the crack that splits the bark there are tiny, green buds, that ended up being my inspiration for this piece.

T Talia Chen

A.I. of the Storm

The metaphor of the Cold War invites us to analyse other forms of 'war' and violence present in our society, such as man-made warfare against the climate.

L Lexie Hill

Household War

My artwork speaks about the conflict of social housing in London. It shows how residents are trapped being forcibly moved from their houses and apartments to other social housing that can be halfway across the country. This, in my eyes, is a form of conflict as there is a violence in this eviction and social cleaning of the city. The string I used to wrap around the metal structure embodied this entrapment and inability to escape the governmental housing system. This for me is war that is not called a war as it has been constructed by those meant to prevent war.

E Edie Boulting

The Beauty through the Lens

Movement, concentration, and innovation are some of the main elements when it comes to creating our own artwork. Everyone could become an artist with different kinds of skills. You do not have to be good at drawing if you want to become an artist. It is pretty normal and encouraging for people who want to come out a design with whatever material it is. I took photos instead of constructing my artwork through random items. Photography is not just about pressing the shutter through a small window. I love capturing heartwarming visuals from either people’s movements or their intentions while they are into something interesting.

B Beck Hung

Finalized Conflict

The workshop was going around conflict, specifically, around a conflict that separated people and nations, a conflict that lasts for so long and produced so many struggles afterward its "conclusion" for the population and it´s still present.

G Gabriel De la Riva Gutierrez

Recreated

The harsh winds of Mostar broke my umbrella, so I decided to dissect and recreate it using unconventional materials. In doing this, I used shoes, old bike pumps, and other objects put together with hot glue to visually represent the scars that can come with reconstructing societies post-conflict. I took my broken umbrella reconstructed the same shape, purposefully making the hot glue visible to demonstrate how while the reconstructed object takes the same shape as the previous object, the scars of its deconstruction are immensely visible in the recreated, nonfunctional product.

E Erin Rose Johnson

Transience of Life

The object I chose was an old, dried calabash, a type of pumpkin. I like how it looked and that it was rotten. I associated the object with the transience of life. In our society we fight against the reality of death, it is an inner war nourished by the fear of dying.

S Sophia Lucke

Cyberbullied

In this workshop, I created a work that represents a specific social problem — cyberbullying. I came up with this idea because I read so much news about the suicide of singers, actresses, and some other public figures these years. These people seem to be far from us, but actually we can be so close to them on the internet. Everyone can leave any comment under people’s blogs, Instagram and so on. Some people never take this seriously, that’s why they can just type these malicious words without any sense of shame. But sometimes it’s exactly these words that lead to these people’s decision of taking their own life.

W WU, Xinyi (Kaya)

Blue World

My art is about the colour blue. I collaged blue samples from old magazines together in one large mosaic of blue. Blue is sadness, water, and sky. Blue is what the world is made of.

M Maya Isabelle Calleja Scott

Crystal Meth Doll House

Crystal Meth Doll House is a tribute to children who have their health compromised by the ones who are supposed to keep them safe – their own parents who produce drugs at home. Even though the children do not directly consume the substance, they are addicted, which among other health problems, also disrupts normal development.

M Marta Ruzic