Artist Statement: As an ambitious high school student with multiple interests, my life is filled with plenty of academic work both inside and outside of school. However, my life extends beyond academics in my spare time, where I take part in balancing the simpler things in my life along with my academic load. With so little free time I am constantly trying to balance weightlifting, represented by my lifting shoe, the piano, and basketball, along with spending time with my family, represented by the house. My family always comes first, and I decided to show this by making the house directly behind me, and making the opacity so that I was more distinct from the house, but still blended in. The main battle for my time is fought between piano, weightlifting, and basketball, hence the blending of all of them near each other on the bottom. This can sometimes make managing my life as cluttered as the objects on the bottom, but I always manage, and enjoy making it work.