Maria Esquivel is a current senior at Basalt High School who has chosen to interpret a teen’s perspective on social issues through art as her capstone project. She has created a series of political cartoons in various mediums inspired by a few of many problems in today’s society that have contributed to widespread debate.
This tessellation art titled “Unity” was inspired by recent women’s marches and their widespread message of unity amongst women of all backgrounds against injustices such as: healthcare rights, violence against women, gender wage gaps and underrepresentation.
It’s Everyone’s Problem
“It’s Everyone’s Problem” is inspired by recent student-led gun reform efforts in response to mass shootings that have happened primarily in the United States. Though efforts are mostly student-led, it is clear that gun reform is something people from all backgrounds have to work to enact.
I See Myself
Today’s media has contributed greatly to the representation of women and the inspiration of young girls to follow in the footsteps of their female role models. Those role models are being seen more and more in traditionally male-dominated media and fields now. “I See Myself” is inspired by the strength and hope that female heroes have given to women who have been underrepresented.