“…What sets art apart from spoken words or writing is how succinctly it preserves the thought. For example, someone who’s going through a rough time in their life might say, “I’m sad,” but once those words are said, they’re gone, and in a week or a month, it becomes hard to remember what that emotion was like. A painting, however, freezes a thought, an emotion so that even lifetimes later, people can look at a piece and realize the kind of hardships or feelings that you might have been dealing with at that time.”
Cynthia Bai ’16 grew up in Newark, Delaware. She majored in mechanical engineering. Her self-portrait shows her standing in front of the gum wall in Seattle, where she’ll be moving to work on flight controls at Boeing.