AP Art of the Week

Spotlight on Artist Gunnice Jones

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 digital media piece by Gunnice Jones from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas, which was featured in the 2018-19 AP Studio Art online exhibition.

a piece of art featuring two young african american women, looking at each other, drawn in a comic book style

Here’s Gunnice's statement on the work:

Growing up, I've always been attracted to astrology and its ability to allow me to get to know myself better, as well as the people around me. At the time that I was creating "Duality," I'd noticed how we all have aspects of our personality and character that aren't always the easiest to bring to light. Instead of suppressing these out of shame or embarrassment, through this piece I wanted to celebrate this 'shadow side' that we all have as imperfect human beings. Naturally, I came from the angle of the aesthetics in the zodiac signs, where personally I have a libra sun (the 'light') and a scorpio moon (the 'shadow'). My intention is to remind the viewer of the importance in embracing those qualities within ourselves that are a little more uncomfortable to face. In being completely compassionate with your entire being, you can only become invisible.