AN 18-YEAR-OLD artist has ‘completed her life goal’ after her painting went on display at the prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Cliffanie Forrester’s work, titled Uganda, forms part of an exhibition of student work titled P.S. Art 2016: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids.
The exhibition opened on June 14 and will run until October 23.
“GUESS WHO JUST COMPLETED THEIR LIFE GOAL AT AGE 18?” Cliffanie, a student at the High School of Art and Design in New York City, wrote on Twitter. “ME. AS OF 6/14/16 MY PIECE IS IN THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART.”
“This piece was inspired by a missionary trip I took last summer,” Cliffanie said in a statement on the Met’s website. “When I was creating Uganda I struggled to re-create the colour scheme and contrasts from my references. I fused the background with the foreground in cool tones so that references I used appear seamless in the painting. I was pleased with the results. I am appreciative of the skills I thought I never had.”
“The narrative of this portrait symbolises innocence and hope,” the teen’s High School of Art and Design teacher Maria Jimenez said in a statement on the Met’s website. “Cliffannie wanted her subject to touch viewers, and make them consider that black lives matter and that little girls matter, in any part of the world. Cliffannie’s powerful message was captured in this compelling composition and because of it, we are all transformed.”