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“I asked her what she thought about that,” Pestich said. “Her idea of beauty is what is happening on the inside, blood vessels and bones.”
Her hoodie ultimately featured “a lot of abstract patterning; her own name embellished with those internal patterns.”
Equally compelling were the youths’ artist statements, which will be included in the show alongside their wearable art. Sixteen-year-old Maria, for example, created a hoodie with a double face, one part sad, the other happy. “Even though someone is smiling on the outside, it doesn’t mean everything is a piece of cake on the inside,” she wrote. “If you’re in pain, it’s not love.”
Pestich is pleased with the confidence boost the project gave the kids. Mostly, she’s excited to offer the public “a platform to learn something from them.
“At risk? We are all at risk, or not. We all have issues. I just wanted to highlight their voices and take time to listen to them through their work. It’s been such a privilege to have my own world opened up by the way they see things.”
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