Flipping the Script

Flipping the Script

When Jasmine Kay Uy was assigned to create a site-specific artwork for a UT class, the junior studio art major knew what she wanted to do. “As an artist, you hear criticism and stereotypes every day,” Uy says. “I thought that an encouraging piece on display in the art building would help other students realize you shouldn’t let that bring you down.”

Her sculpture, titled “Art is Pointless…,” cleverly refutes the doubts that all young artists face. Stand on one side of the piece, and it reads like a tirade of self-doubt, but move a few steps and the message becomes an affirmation. After the Visual Arts Center posted a photo of the sculpture on Instagram, it was shared tens of thousands of times, with national outlets like Bustle and Design Taxi picking up the story. Needless to say, she got an A.


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