November 4, 2012 by mamie
Medium: mixed media (colored pencil, marker, newspaper)
Description: This is one of my AP Art sketches, and the assignment was to create a piece of narrative art that had something to do with a news story or current event. Recently, I heard about Malala, a fourteen-year-old girl and advocate for women’s right in Pakistan, who was shot by a member of the Taliban, so I decided to use that specific story and the overall struggle for women’s rights in the Middle East as my subject. I used a simple sort of stained-glass-inspired style and also used a few religious symbols and other symbols from literature as hints toward the meaning. For instance, the tree and the pomegranate (sometimes an apple) represent knowledge; the snake wearing the beard and turban and biting the woman’s ankle represents the hindrances and oppression from the Taliban and other groups that hold back Middle Eastern women; and the kite (from the book The Kite Runner that I read this summer) represents hope for the future.