Young’s masterpiece takes out mixed media award
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.”