Bishop Pearsall from Carver High School submitted his photograph into a congressional competition. It was a good thing he did. He won first place among the entries submitted by students who attend schools throughout Congresswoman’s Sheila Jackson Lee’s congressional district.
The magnet school student’s photograph titled “A Broken Branch” will be on display in the U.S. Capitol for a year. It will be showcased alongside other winning pieces from across the country.
Bishop will receive two round trip tickets to Washington D.C. to attend the Congressional Art Competition Awards Ceremony.
He is proud of his piece. Bishop shared what inspired him and the meaning behind the imagery.
“This piece is quite simplistic but carries a very real message,” said Bishop. “I composed the image using only a man of color and an American Flag as a blindfold. It pays homage to the original concept of justice being ‘blind.’
“This is a depiction of reality, where justice is not blind, but rather an American illusion that blinds those who are not privileged enough to receive it. In modern American society, people of color live their lives by a flag that will not protect them nor their rights, consistently blinded by the illusion of American freedom.”
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition. The contest recognizes and encourages artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.
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