The Vagarious Man

by Koyuki Aker

This piece was made with gouache and acrylic paint. I rarely do abstract work therefore this project was very challenging for me. The Vagarious man is a depiction of the capricious part of my personality. From a young age I was taught to live by the rules: be quiet, be nice, be lady-like, and so on. Because I followed these rules, people often commented on how I was “mature for my age”. I am an incoming 11th grader now. The people I surround myself with have taught me many amazing things that have made me the person I am today. They taught me the true meaning of “acting my age”. Constantly having to fit the standards of a perfect child was extremely detrimental to my mental health. I realize now that I don’t have to be mature all of the time. I can be mature and I can also be vagarious.

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