“End of Planet Blue”
My name is Erik Buendia, an aritst, and high school senior from the DC area. Throughout my later high school career, I have been awarded three artistic awards from my school, St. Albans School. I have also been the recipient of two silver keys from Scholastics Arts and been the DC territory winner for the Doodle4Google contest 2021. I have also had my art published in literary journals such as Press Pause Press, Blue Marble Review, and Another Chicago Magazine. I also produce films that are uploaded to my youtube channel, Buendia Films, and have amassed a following of over 20,000 on TikTok @Buendia101.
UWGB Student Submission
A recording of my composition that I wrote when I was 13.
“Metamorphosis” “The oil and gas industry wrote this” and “I was 26”
Enclosed you will find “Metamorphosis,” a poem made through Twine, “The oil and gas industry wrote this,” a poem using PowerPoint (click “present” and turn up your volume), and “I was 26,” a poetry video. The first is a choose-your-own-adventure style love poem. The later two are about my experiences as a person living with OCD and ADHD.
Bio: Caity Scott is a neurodivergent writer from the Pacific Northwest. When she isn’t watching Scooby Doo, she’s pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Western Washington University and interning as the Assistant Managing Editor of The Bellingham Review. Her work is featured or forthcoming in Dark Recesses, The Disappointed Housewife, Sparrow’s Trombone, Sci-fi Lampoon, and more.
“Mixed Media Battle Droid”
I’m a 45 year old artist who graduated from the Tom Savini Special Make-Up Effects Program in 2012 and have been making one of a kind art pieces. As a kid, I’ve always loved art. My dad was an artist. My uncle was the designer of the Eagle logo for the Department of Veterans Affairs that we still, as a country, use today. So I’ve always been around artists. And I try to incorporate material in my art that most people would never use or would consider trash. I believe and material can be made into art.
Mixed media style. I used an old snare drum as her base and built around that. I used clay, metal pieces, plastic tubing, acrylic paints, enamel paints and different kinds of lighting for effect.
How She Kills
“I was dead before I realized I was dying…” How She Kills tells the often untold story of a survivor of narcissistic abuse in a lesbian relationship. For two years, Gillian Dawson was abused by the woman that claimed to love her. She was manipulated, bullied, gaslit and lied to by a woman who had multiple affairs with multiple other women. In How She Kills, Gillian retells her story, her battle with her mental health, and the strength she found within herself to leave, and most importantly, survive.
India Ink on Cold Press Watercolor Paper. This piece had no real plan and played off of random shapes and spatters of ink that I refined into a narrative of light and dark. A barrier separates our world from theirs, yet the forest seems to be a place where the barrier becomes thin and elements spill in from the afterlife.