On July 16, Grace Sun ’23 was announced as the District 52 winner of this annual art competition in a virtual ceremony. Her work, titled “Morning Light,” was selected from among the 41 original pieces created by local San Diego high school students competing for the opportunity to have their work displayed in the U.S. Capitol building for the year.
Grace, who has loved and made art for as long as she can remember, describes this particular work, saying, " ‘Morning Light’ was made during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a class assignment for Drawing and Painting II/III taught by Ms. Wepsic. The assignment theme was on ‘Isolation,’ so I thought experimenting with oil pastel would work well with the theme of unclear boundaries and social distancing for the background of the drawing. As this piece is mainly up to the viewer's imagination to decipher, it shows me sitting with my computer on my lap, looking out the window while doing Zoom for school. I would like to show the loneliness we all feel right now being isolated at home, even though we see our friends and other people every day online, as it is definitely a different feeling from normal. Even though there is solitude in this piece, the warmth of the colors brings out hope that we will be able to go back to normal life and be with one another again.”
The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.