Stella-r art wins TV station award
To freshman Stella Wu, a pictureâ€™s always been worth a thousand words. With only two colors, dedication and a grateful message, Wu managed to create an award-winning sketch that expressed herself in a way that no words ever could.
Wuâ€™s untitled sketch of hands intertwined with red ribbons and heart-shaped candles was created as an entry for the i CiTi News Childrenâ€™s Drawing Contest under the theme â€śMy City My Hero,â€ť intended to honor frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. It won an award in the creativity category.
â€śThe way the hearts and ropes tie together shows a warmer reality that I want to give to people so they can have more energy to get through quarantine,â€ť Wu said. â€śPeople are working together to help us out through hands and hearts. We’re like a whole community helping each other out to get through all the problems [of] quarantine together.â€ť
After Wuâ€™s mother first told her of this competition, Wu drew inspiration from her family and the kindness people exhibited to strangers during the pandemic.
â€śI watch CNN 10 a lot, and sometimes I see people helping out homeless people or people in bad conditions,â€ť Wu said. â€śMe and my family and cousins are [also] supporting each other during quarantine and we help each other out, so reality and my family all inspired me.â€ť
Though it was created for a competition, Wu wanted her art to reflect the thankfulness she felt for essential workers. Personally, itâ€™s also a way for Wu to remember her own experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
â€śIâ€™m not really good at expressing myself through speaking, so I draw to express myself more,â€ť Wu said. â€śI wanted to join this contest because COVID is a special time that Iâ€™ll probably think about many years later. I [also] see this as a way of supporting the community [since] they, like the doctors who are saving injuries, are having a hard time.â€ť
By Cathy Li, Feature editor
Photos courtesy of Stella Wu