2020 Second Place High School Art

"Sitting Shiva, Print of an Ink Piece" by Abigail Boykin, Caddo Magnet High
(Teacher: Shirlene Alexander)

Artist's Statement

In order to reflect the ongoing recovery of the survivors post-liberation and the challenge of rejoining society, I chose to depict a non-descript survivor years after his liberation "sitting shiva" in mourning for his home, his family, and himself. Though the traditional mourning period typically lasts for seven days, this man has been mourning for decades. The flowers at the foot of his seat represent the failed attempts of non-survivors to sympathize with him, though the gestures are positive in nature. The battle is never over.

(Piece done traditionally in ink and downscaled to a print)