AP Art of the Week

Spotlight on Artist Cameron Le Day

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 a piece of digital media made by Cameron Le Day from Arts High School in Newark, New Jersey, which was featured in the 2018-19 AP Studio Art online exhibition

a piece of art featuring a young african american man without a shirt, on a pink background, his hair up in two buns on either side of his head, hair parted in the middle, with a halo of 11 redish combs behind his head

Here’s Cameron’s statement on the work:

My art is a critique on the societal constructs that are placed onto the backs of marginalized individuals. There are too many standards to which we are held to. I create my pieces as a form of protest, a way to escape the constructs that I navigate on a daily basis. The black and lgbtq+ experiences are two themes that I return to frequently with my art as they are the ones that I am most closely connected to. As a self-taught artist who doesn’t see people like himself represented in the world of pop culture and art, a vast majority of my pieces come exclusively from my own life and ideas that I get from my own individual experiences. My hope is to create awareness and constructive conversation through my digital artwork and portraiture and create a more inclusive, visible space for people like me.