Choose Love

By Jazzy McGranaghan

Pen and Ink

Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate love! This year had a very eventful start with the current political situation and many people feel conflicted and upset. In a time meant for love, many people are expressing feelings of hate.

In art class, when I was given the pen and ink project, I struggled to come up with a meaningful and interesting theme. I wanted to have fun with my project; experimenting with a new medium and creating something that felt expressive and new. On January 21st, I went to the women’s march in Philadelphia. I didn’t really know what to expect and when we arrived, I was overwhelmed and thrilled to see so many people filled with passion and ready to be heard. I was very inspired to be standing in a sea of people from all different backgrounds holding signs and artwork they created. It dawned on me that this was the perfect theme for my project because I could use my art to express what I have been feeling as well as to capture the beauty and diversity of our country.