Chalks

Describe an interest or skill that you possess that is not highlighted in this application.


They stand idly in rectangular packages, dull and ashy underneath the fluorescent lights of the neighbourhood shop. No one else would buy them but I do. When I am prepared to embark upon an artistic project, I unveil my unlikely tools. I begin with an idea in mind, but it is the chalks that provide the direction. The grainy texture of the chalk - as well as its limited range of colour - compels me to think differently about the applications of colour and blending. Essentially, I am compelled to produce distinct art forms using a medium that has been obsolete since the death of the blackboard.

When I showed my art teacher my first chalk drawing she pooh-poohed the merits of my unique media. “An interesting idea.” she frowned. “But chalk is a very restricting medium. These projects are by no means sustainable!” The words stung but I was determined to find a creative use for the seemingly ‘unusable’ art tool. As a student with learning difficulties who had been told that I could not pursue a conventional education if any, I firmly believed in finding hidden potential. I was not an artist but I persisted with my strange, coarse-textured paintings, ignoring condescending looks of adults who believed I was dabbling in a meaningless...

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