Junior Rosemary Mihindukulasuriya’s artwork has been selected to represent the Archdiocese of Saint Louis in the annual art contest sponsored by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).
Creating on the Margins is the CCHD’s cross-discipline art contest for students in grades 7-12. This year the contest theme was “Rebuilding Together at the Margins.” The aim of the contest was to engage students to explore the root causes of poverty in the United States and related issues such as affordable housing, workers’ rights and racial justice in the context of their faith. Students were required to create a piece of art that reflected this year’s theme and to submit answers to essay questions on how they were affected by Covid-19, how their faith called them to get involved in the community and help address disparities revealed by Covid-19 and how their creative work reflected this year’s theme.
Rosemary’s digital drawing is titled “Justice and Charity”. Her work will represent the Archdiocese of Saint Louis in the 10th-12th grade category.
Rosemary described her project using the following words…”The woman in my piece is both attending a peaceful protest and volunteering at a local food pantry. I wanted to show these two specific actions because charity and justice are equally important if we want to improve the world around us. The character is also a woman of color because Covid-19 has been especially hard for people of color. I wanted to show a person of color fighting for the rights of the people around her and volunteering because I think it is very important for all people, but especially those who are marginalized, to feel as if they have the power to be the change they want to see in the world. This woman is determined and confident in her ability to make life better for herself and those around her, which is an important image in this time when we can all begin to feel helpless.“