Recess: As the two boys scale the towering letters of “Pismo Beach”, their determined expressions and outstretched arms speak to a sense of adventure and exploration. The bold, vibrant colors of the letters stand in stark contrast to the muted, lowkey tones of the surrounding landscape, emphasizing the excitement and joy that comes with discovery. Yet there’s a sense of nostalgia too, as if the boys are reaching back into the past and pulling something timeless and treasured into the present. Perhaps this artwork speaks to the idea that, no matter how far we go or how much we change, there will always be a place for us in the familiar landscapes of our memories.
Arihant Jain is an artist and writer from the San Francisco Bay Area who melds his passions in engineering and writing to create poetry. He is Teen Sequins Top 5 Featured Poet and his work has been recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and National YoungArts Foundation. When not creating, he enjoys solving algorithmic problems.