SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Shawnee High School senior and digital artist Aria Davis is receiving national acclaim for her work Scopophobia, which was recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as one of the top works of 2021 out of hundreds of thousands of submissions.
The piece, which explores themes of hyper-visibility and the fear of being seen, was previously selected as Best of Show at the Artspace/Lima Kewpee High School Art Exhibition this year.
This isn’t the first time Davis’s work has garnered attention.
Her work Distractions, inspired by the ubiquity of digital media and the isolation felt during the coronavirus pandemic, was one of 300 pieces of art exhibited in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition.
“I normally just do this kind of thing for fun,” Davis said, noting that it was a surprise when her work was selected by both the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition.
“It’s like a little (note), ‘Hey, you did good,’” Davis said.
Davis, who was previously involved in Shawnee’s theatre program and is a member of the high school’s art club, remains undecided about her future college and career plans.
But she has decided one thing: she wants to keep her art and her career separate.
“I don’t want the joy of my art to go away,” Davis said. “I want to keep enjoying making it. I don’t want it to become stressful.”