AP ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: ALLY JETER
I began my first semester of Sculpture as a sophomore with very little experience and knowledge of the art form. I joined for the purpose of completing my art credits, but after my first day of Intro to Sculpture, I knew I wanted to continue Sculpture for the rest of my high school career.
As a sophomore, I was amazed at the art that Mr. Larsen’s AP students created and instantly had a desire to improve my artistic abilities. I look forward to Sculpture every day because it was a place where I didn’t have to worry about the world around me for 60 minutes. I love how sculpting is a healthy outlet where at the end of the day, I have something unique and special.
My first semester of sophomore year, I learned the fundamentals of sculpture in my Intro class. The following semester I chose to continue and enroll in Sculpture I. In Sculpture I, I primarily worked on my Bento Box inspired by Joseph Cornell, where I was taught how to utilize Sketch-Up to estimate wood measurements. I then constructed a wooden box and mimicked Asian foods using clay and polyurethane. In Sculpture II during my junior year, I created a copper knot piece by soldering. This year in my AP course, I decided to focus my theme on human features. My hand piece was made with hydrocal and painted with an airbrush. In addition, I constructed a lip piece using papier-mâché and collage cut-outs from fashion magazines. I am now working on an eyeball piece. I decided to focus my portfolio on human features to highlight the small beauties of human beings while having a story behind each piece.
My experience in Mr. Larsen’s classroom has positively impacted not only my ESD experience, but my life. Even if I don’t continue sculpture in college, I will use these newfound artistic skills for the rest of my life. I have learned highly valuable lessons and skills that I would never learn anywhere outside of F108. I am blessed to be a part of the sculpture program at ESD, and I am beyond excited to display my work in the art show.
Ally uses surface as the site of both discourse and interrogation. By carefully manipulating the outward qualities of her forms, she asks us to confront issues of race, beauty, and the moral challenge of being a viewer.
- Dane Larsen, AP Sculpture Teacher