AP Art of the Week

Spotlight on Artist Destiny Pann

The Elective’s digital art museum this week features an illustration made by Destiny Pann from Desoto Central High School in South Haven, Mississippi.

Welcome to The Elective’s digital art museum, dedicated to the incredible work of AP Arts students. Each week we highlight a work or series created in one of the AP Arts concentrationsAP 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, and AP Drawing (the AP Program also offers Art History and Music Theory)—as well as a statement from the artist (and, occasionally, their teacher).

From the first cave paintings to contemporary breakthroughs in virtually reality, art, in all its forms, has been a crucial way for people to process, make sense of, comment on, and grapple with the world around them. After more than a year of life in a pandemic, AP Art students have risen to the challenge of processing and making sense of the challenges—and opportunities—that have come from this perilous time. The work they submitted in their final portfolios is explicitly of the moment. It’s often challenging and provocative, but always insightful, inspiring, and expansive.

This week we feature an illustration made by Destiny Pann from Desoto Central High School in South Haven, Mississippi.

Cartoony, busy illustration depicting a sad young woman seated at a green table surrounded by digital temptations and distractions

Here’s Destiny’s statement on the work:

“What led me to use social anxiety as a theme throughout my investigation stems from how much it played a role in my life. I took inspiration from my own struggles, as well as the experiences of others’ who struggle with social anxiety, and used those experiences to help illustrate scenarios where social anxiety could occur such as in interviews and places like classrooms. What helped me tie my ideas together are symbolism, composition, and color.

“Symbolism can be heavily found across my pieces as it helps visualize the feelings that come with social anxiety. Some examples of symbols I used are eyes and cameras, which are used to imitate the fear of being watched and judged, while symbols such as ears and mouths are used to represent the fear of being heard and mocked. It would have been difficult for me to convey the concept of social anxiety if I did not use symbolism.

Additionally, composition and color also helped me when it came to organizing subjects. The use of composition can be used to help steer focus from one area to another. An example would be the elongated eye and camera heads, which helped direct attention towards the anxious character of each piece. I would also use color to group or separate objects from each other, so that they wouldn’t get lost in the background or within other objects. If a subject was blending in too much with another color, I would try to lighten, darken, or change the hue of the surrounding area.”

And here are a few other works from Destiny’s portfolio:

Cartoony, busy illustration depicting a young man carrying a book to a desk where a humanoid robot with a security camera head is seated with an open laptop

Man has social anxiety at interview. Cameras used to show the fear of them watching his every move.

Cartoony, busy illustration depicting a sad young man dreaming of humanoid robots working out in a gym

Boy afraid to go to gym due to social anxiety. His vision or fear can be seen in the thought cloud.

Cartoony, busy illustration depicting a tired young woman seated at a table surrounded by humanoid forms with red lips and sharp teeth for heads

A girl who is socially anxious to eat in public. Used mouths to show her fear of being talked about.

Cartoony, busy illustration depicting an exhausted young man being pointed at by a humanoid figure with a lizard head

Man was blending in too much with the dark background so I outlined him with a blue paint pen.

Cartoony, busy illustration depicting a young woman in a green hoodie walking through an alley with humanoid figured with security camera heads on either side of her

Used camera heads to show the social anxiety of having her every move watched and put into memory.

Cartoony, busy illustration depicting a young woman standing meekly at the front of a classroom where all the other students are humanoids with long, tentacle like heads topped by a giant eyeball

Masks on teacher to show the looks of mocking and judging. Layered color pencil on top of marker.

Cartoony, busy illustration depicting a young woman kneeling on the floor of a room with walls covered in questions and aphorisms

Inked, colored with marker, dotted with paint pen, and experimented with color pencil in the middle.

Student statements are lightly edited for length and clarity.