Emma Donnelly

The Golden Key

Acrylic Painting


Behind Closed Bars

Pen and Ink

My artwork reflects the everyday restrictions that many people face, and as a teenager, I know that societal expectations can hinder people from acting on their own terms. Whether it is society’s intense diet culture, parental pressure to succeed, or feeling like one is not good enough, I show through my art that when social constructs and norms try to knock us down, we must always resist.

Emma Donnelly is a student attending Stuyvesant High School in New York City. She is a fervent advocate for educational equality and activism throughout the city, and embraces art as a medium for creating change. She hopes that through her art, she will be able to paint a brighter, more equitable, future for her community and beyond.

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