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Clay pottery with table linens


—Mirabelle Feng

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Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 16 and 16 x 20 inches

Artist's Note:

Why did the chicken cross the road? It didn’t. A truck hit it. Dark humor, increasingly common in colloquial conversation, has always fascinated me through its ability to transform the serious into the unserious, and the unserious into the serious.

There is a common myth that the ostrich, to avoid predators, will bury its head in the ground with a "if I can't see you, you can't see me" logic. In this work I transformed the ostrich into a representation of myself and the predator into a book (symbolizing studying), mocking the common procrastinator mindset to hide from one's own work.


MIRABELLE FENG is a junior at the Harker School in San Jose, California. Her art has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and the JEA/NASPA National High School Journalism Convention, and published in HELM. When not drawing, Mirabelle enjoys stalking birds.

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