Perla Aceves – Effects of Greenness on Academic Success in Latina Girls

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Faculty mentor: CoCo James

Artist’s Statement: Through meaningful research I found that the absence of green areas in low-income neighborhoods may cause mental fatigue in Latina girls, which proves disadvantageous to their academic success in school. I wanted to express these injustices through specific choices in my art. I decided on the mediums of pen ink and watercolor to bolden the meanings of my artistic statements. First I drew a line drawing of a young girl enveloped in darkness to emulate the trapped hopeless feeling of mental fatigue Latina girls face in school. The single tear running down her face speaks to the pain, stress, and physical/mental exertion that this may cause. The singular line connecting each one of her features represents the personal connection I feel to this issue. I drew a diagonal line to display the alternate reality of what it’s like when green space is more readily available. I knew I wanted the main focus on the opposing side of the piece to be green space, so I drew the branches and the roots of a tree. I discovered that higher income neighborhoods had better access to green areas so I placed outlines of big houses underneath the roots because they are who receive the benefits. I wanted to convey the opportunities that come with having more green spaces through the books hanging from the trees, each title representing the components of that better quality of life. Lastly I drew an outline of a girl reaching for an empty book to symbolize the hope for a better future. In many conclusions I found that there are and have been projects that have worked towards making green spaces accessible to everyone as it has been found to be one step towards giving everyone an equal opportunity to succeed.

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: pearlaceves563@gmail.com

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