Graduation, by Clint Therakam (Alumni – 2014)
This painting is for the Wacom “Give the Gift of Art Challenge” contest.
Medium and tools used: Pencils for line art, normal acrylic paint, touched up with Faber Castle color pencils at the very end.
The IB programme itself has six subjects. Two of my first six subjects were effectively accelerated courses so they finished earlier than end of grade 12. There are six strange swirls in this painting (two on the left and four on the right). They are meant to be six tornadoes – symbolic of difficulties – that represent my six IB subjects (two of which finished earlier, hence on the left). The theme flowing through this piece is the four main elements of the world: water, air, fire and earth. Hence the IB is a voyage of sorts and the painting represents its turbulent nature and the complications we faced.
Earth is present in the instrument itself (wood) and around the water on the bottom left. The top right in light blue are gusts of wind. Even though it cannot be seen, its presence is felt. Bottom right is fire. Yes, the fire is not orange since it is meant to be lava; thus, depicting the intensity of the IB Diploma. The sky is red on the top left to illustrate our fears. Out of all the six swirls, one is also the sun (yellowish tinge); signifying not only light but also representing the passage of time. The notion of time is apparent on the right side with the white stars – small beacons of hope – but also simply night time. Hence with day and night, there is the passage of time – representing the hard work we put in. Notice that the curves and circles are also loops and hence showing how more than one day passed – adding to the sense of the passage of time – it is a journey after all. The bottom left is water and portrays the ‘calm waters’ we were also comforted by. The IB was in fact, an extremely positive experience, and the challenging aspect was what made it so.