AP Art of the Week

Spotlight on Artist Annette Hui

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).

This week we feature an India ink and watercolor work by Annette Hui from Plano West Senior High in Plano, Texas, which was featured in the 2017-18 AP Studio Art online exhibition.

artwork in black and yellow featuring a young woman wearing a mask covering her nose and mouth with two band-aids on it in the form of an x

Here’s Annette’s statement on the work:

Before I actually made this piece, I had already begun a whole concentration with the same subject matter, to put Band-Aids all over my artwork. It's a really bizarre concept, yet I actually had a reason behind it. I wanted to create a logo, a symbol, or a design that would be really recognizable for people to know that it's my work. The Band-Aids, I just love Band-Aids just because they can be so colorful and they're so recognizable. So I put them all over my pieces, and it worked. My intentions worked. People knew that it was my artwork and I'm glad I really did stick to it, even though it was so bizarre.

For this piece, I started off with my usual India ink drawing because I really love bold black lines and solid colors, and I digitally edited that. Not only did I digitally edit it, I also had a watercolor background that I heavily edited and put all those layers together. The concept of this piece in particular was based on punk culture, and I kind of fused it together with everything that I love, especially the solid color yellow because it's really bold. Overall, this piece worked really successfully in creating a really bold person and character.