New England School of Art & Design student Christina Watka recently won the Johnson Paints Creativity Award for a piece she submitted in the Boston Copley Society of Arts 18th annual Student Show.
Watka’s winning entry, “Mouthpiece,” is a two-part work that incorporates an interpretive likeness of Marilyn Monroe done with lip gloss and lipstick applied to paper with her own mouth and a raised paper likeness of Pamela Anderson that Watka created by biting into the paper with her teeth.
“I wanted to explore the human body by using my own to create an image,” explained Watka.
“Mouthpiece” will be on display Feb. 8 to March 3at the Copley Society’s Newbury Street Gallery. Another Watka submission, “Nostalgia,” a printmaking piece done with synthetic flowers, also will be shown at the gallery.
“This was the first time I entered any of my work into a juried show, so I was surprised and thrilled that I won,” said Watka, 20, a fine arts major who is also studying theater and art history.