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LRHS senior Mason Rademaker with his award-winning “Backwards”

Brenna Rademaker – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS senior Mason Rademaker won first place at the ArtCenter Manatee Award in the 9-12 category with his piece “Backwards.”

Rademaker used a pallet knife and acrylic paint to create this piece.

The painting was originally made for an installation for LRHS art teacher Terry Thompson.  The installation had an overall theme of feminism.  Rademaker, Thompson and 25 others built this installation from the ground up and put out an incredible message that ties to every piece of artwork in the gallery.

“Backwards” is a painting that was originally free hanging from the ceiling without any frame.  About three feet away there is a mirror facing the art.  The viewer is supposed to stand in between the painting and the mirror and look at it through the reflection of the mirror, standing in the empty space on the right of the screaming women.

Rademaker says, “I want the viewers to look in the mirror and see the women screaming at you.  Sense her pain, her suffering, and her anger and understand her passion.  Sense her overpowering nature and the condescending ambience about her.  Her violent words and actions could be described as backwards.”

He continued, “When spreading the feminist word we must come from a place of love and compassion, not hate.  In order for our message to be heard we must first present it in a positive way.  No one wants to be put in a position where they feel as though their opinions are being compromised or their people are being patronized.”

He ends by saying you should always stand up for what is right, but to acknowledge the proper process when doing so.