Bronze award, in Camelback Gallery
Recently, I applied to participate in Camelback Gallery’s Autumn 2021 International Visual Arts Competition. The jury has reviewed and selected the artwork for the online group award exhibition. The selection of artwork was chosen based on the number of entries, theme, originality, technical skill and quality of work. Among the submitted works, my picture below was selected and received the Bronze Award.
This online international visual art exhibition dealt with the theme of autumn. I submitted an image of a sold painting that I worked on in the past. The title of the picture is Books and Flowers. French existentialist writer Albert Camus said that autumn is the second spring when every leaf becomes a flower.
When I was in high school, I was walking down the street one day in the fall, and the rows of trees were sparkling with beautiful light as if I was in a red-orange tunnel. I was so amazed by its beauty. And I was amazed. I paused for a moment and was captured with its beauty. Then suddenly, I burst into tears. It's so beautiful, but it's not forever. Soon it will fall and rustle and be trampled on. But knowing this moment, the trees do their best to create their color. They are not flowers, but they were making beautiful colors like flowers. They seemed to squeeze all the power they knew that was going to lose brilliantly. I received an award for writing this image into a poem. I can't remember the poem now, but I still remember the image I received back then.
So when autumn comes, the words of Albert Camus come to mind. We get to know more about why he said that and what it means as we get older.
When everything splendid loses its light little by little, we become calm in that lost time. And when everything is gone, I quietly pull out a book and look into myself. The warm autumn sunlight comes in from the window. Autumn seems to be a season that makes you think about beauty and reflect on yourself.
Below is a collection of what I have drawn about autumn so far. Hope you all enjoy a beautiful autumn.
Myungja Anna Koh