Irma Rangel 9th-12th Grade
"Carving Our Own Path"
We, the students of classes 2019 through 2022 of Irma Rangel, created this piece to represent the journey of our sisters, in both past, present, and future, and how it impacted our community. We started with a concept of peace, growth, and the flow of time. Together we worked up a concept, created a color palette that suited the mood and theme, then began cutting out our glass pieces. Many colors and dimensions were created by stacking the glass before fusing, and working on color layering and complements. The seven stones in the work represent unforeseen obstacles on our paths to success, as well as numerically representing the seven grade levels of our school. The bands of color running across the piece represent the original goals set in place by the foundation and by us as individuals. The waves deviating from those bands are the paths taken after our sisters paved the way. Running through the center of the piece, between the panels are stones of ambition. The golds and greens represent the life, growth, and inspiration. The stones show the silver lining in our obstacles, helping reflect and shine light on who we are and where we’ve been. The act of creating the piece and collaborating with my teammates drove home the idea of community and impact, as well as how small pieces can come together to form a more beautiful whole.
This artwork represents the impact of dreams on the community, and how our paths to success shape those around us.
Emma L, 2020