Young’s mas­ter­piece takes out mixed media award

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Eigh­teen-year-old Sa­muel Young of Natabua High School was honored and hum­bled by win­ning the ‘Best Mixed Media Award’ dur­ing the Kula Art Awards on Fri­day night. The sculp­ture ti­tled ‘The Bat­tle for Your Mind’ is mostly made out of

clay and took about three months for the teenager to com­plete his work.

“I con­sider my­self a strong Chris­tian be­liever and since there was no theme this year, I felt it was best to base the sculp­ture around it,” Mr Young said.

“The whole sculp­ture is a de­sign of a hu­man head, but is cut off and inside it shows the hu­man mind. “Through the Bi­ble mes­sages and my be­lief in God, I was able to por­tray it through the sculp­ture.” Mr Young said this mas­ter­piece is ba­si­cally made out of re­fined clay from Wainadoi, paint and a layer of var­nish to com­plete it.

“I placed wooden sticks inside to sup­port the sculp­ture but it ba­si­cally is made out of clay,”

Mr Young wanted to send a mes­sage on the im­por­tance God and one’s willpower to re­sist temp­ta­tion the influence of evil thoughts “Ev­ery­one’s mind is pre­cious and it can also be very eas­ily won over by evil thoughts and ways,”

“So for some young people, they can be put side­tracked and fall into temp­ta­tions and peer pres­sure. “My mes­sage is, if your mind is guarded by God, you will be able to with­stand any­thing in life,” Mr Young said.

“True art is when artists stay true to what they be­lieve in and not what people would want to see and think.”

“The Bat­tle of Your Mind”.

The sculp­ture

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