ET student honored at MLK day celebration

Maverick senior’s artwork recognized for aesthetic creativity, depth
Posted on 02/06/2019
Student artwork recognized

On Monday, January 21 Eastern tech senior, Peace Odumeru, was honored for her photograph submission at the Reginald Lewis Museum High School Juried Exhibition during their Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations. The photograph, titled “Barcode African Girl”, was Odumeru’s first submission to an art contest. She submitted her work based on the encouragement of her teacher, Becky Meiller-McCullagh, and was surprised that her photo won. “We did an assignment in a photography class and it happened to fit the criteria for the contest. My teacher encouraged me to submit my work and I’m really glad she did,” Odumeru said. “I was really overwhelmed by the fact that I won. I didn’t really expect to be selected especially because my career major is not art related. It means a lot to be recognized for my work and the fact that my mom was so proud of my award made the honor that much more special,” Odumeru beamed.

The assignment required students to create a personal narrative photographic composition using digital scanners. Odumeru used that overarching concept as a means to reflect on her own religion, family, relationships, and culture. To Odumeru, her photograph is open to interpretation but is definitely rooted in her background as a young woman of both African and African-American heritage. “There seems to be a stigma surrounding young African-American females that doesn’t necessarily apply to African girls. As a young woman of Nigerian descent growing up in America, I feel that I am expected to be smart, quiet, and hard-working,” Odumeru explained. “But often African-American girls are expected to grow up at a younger age and as a result lose their sense of innocence prematurely. In my picture, I tried to capture this contradiction through my experiences considering both perspectives,” she added.

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