Germantown Academy senior Rebecca Lee '21 won the Student Choice Award and $200 for her stunning painting, "Feast," which was created as part of her Academy Scholars Project.
"I'm really excited that I have been recognized by my peers for my work," said Lee. "My work centers heavily of my experience as a woman of color and child of immigrants, so it's great that this work resonated and is appreciated by the GA community."
Lee's work explores the nuances of Asian-American womanhood and family through Japanese folklore and Chinese symbolism.
"Feast illustrates the feat of sacrifice and love that many immigrant mothers endure for their families," said Lee, who plans to study Product Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "While I will venture more into applied arts in the future, I still plan on doing illustration on the side."
“Rebecca has some of the strongest drawing/painting and design skills I’ve ever seen in a high school student," said Upper School Visual Arts Chair David Love. "But what makes this painting so special is its evocative narrative. While its open to lots of interpretation and we may not ever know the specifics, its mystery pulls us in and makes us look deeper. Its at that point that her amazing and confident brushwork, her subtle use of color, really blow us, the viewer, away. While definitely Asian in feeling and subject, it also has a little of a Gustav Klimt vibe, with the somewhat flattened ornate robe contrasting. the beautifully, modeled portrait. It’s a stunning piece! The students who voted definitely impressed me with their exceptional eye for excellence!”