In times of crisis and strife, we need to take time to reflect on our inner selves to muster the courage and strength to hang on. We can then learn to develop a stronger mental mindset for the present and future so that we can support each other. I created this piece because I wanted to reveal my inner reflection and self and show that it’s ok to not be okay. More than ever before, we need to be able to express our innermost thoughts and emotions to create a happier, more connected world with less judgment and more love and empathy.
In my work, I focus on many themes concerning the complex facets of the human condition, in the hope that I can accurately convey different perspectives and shed light on important topics. To me, art is the mirror which should reflect society, one that emphasizes what is important at that moment in time. My pieces explore the interplay of the concepts of life and death/mortality in our lives, lessons learned in my ongoing journey, and experiences through adolescence and youth.
I have gone through phases of anxiety, confusion, and happiness, and I know many others who have had the same experiences growing up, making these shared pains ultimately relatable to many. Through resilience, this has created a multilayered person and persona, influencing my definition of a meaningful and successful life in our modern, judgemental society. All the pain, growth, and resilience have come together to become part of my unique identity as I continue the long search for my truth and voice, to become the best version of myself. My sincere hope is to empower others like me to take the time to carve their path and embrace their unique identities; everyone has a voice and message to share.
Jacqueline Wu is an artist from Long Island, New York. She has also won art competitions and awards, such as the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and Celebrating Art. She is forthcoming in Remington Review, Teen Belle Magazine, and Celebrating Art. Jacqueline enjoys painting, drawing, writing, and playing the viola, and she hopes to continue to inspire and empower through the arts.