Cecilia Li
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SchoolShaker Heights High School

CityShaker Heights, Ohio

TeacherDan Whitely

InternMatthew Lewis


Matthew Lewis' research on night desaturation inspired the concept for my piece. The patient has difficulty falling asleep, but when they do, their brain does not have enough oxygen. On a minute level, the patient's brain is suffocating in their sleep. I showed the body's struggle to overcome this in my composition and used subtle, duller hints of color as opposed to vibrant colors, taking the term "desaturation" to a literal, artistic level. The body is made of warm, hot colors, showing life, while the sheets are done in charcoals, giving it a draining feel.