Letter from the Editor

ART.  It’s a mysteriously vague, yet oddly magical description that is often constrained to the vast array of two-dimensional, priceless paintings lying under the soft glow of museum lighting.  However, the theme “Work of Art” was not meant to idolize the legends of Picasso and Van Gogh, but rather to preserve the talents that dwell inside the walls of Fox Chapel.  Whether a self-proclaimed artist or not, we each create, stroke by stroke, day by day,  a unique masterpiece in the form of a life story.

Last year, the theme to the yearbook focused on connection to each other, the community, and the world.  This year, we strove to celebrate the individual, each student, faculty, and staff member who contributes to the FC community. Our original vision stemmed from signatures - the unique imprint that only you can conjure.  We soon realized that individuality cannot be limited to the name that is given at birth; individuality is comprised of actions and perceptions and opinions.  In choosing the theme of “Art,” we broadened the horizon to anything imaginable. The student art represents the images that each of us see when we look up from our desks and out upon the world before us.  It is completely, utterly, inarguably unique to each of our souls, and we can look back on the paths we have painted during the past year and know that it, just like any other work of art, is always apart of us, a part of the past that will shape our future.  

Fellow Seniors, as we embark on our separate paths, into the chaos of the world, we must remember who we are.  It is easy to get lost, to forget, that each of us is unique.  As we stumble forward across unknown ground, we must not forget where we started and where we have been.  As this two-hundred fifty page book draws to a close, I remind you that this book was not created to remind you of the end to your high school career, but of where we began and how we have grown since.  Fox Chapel has had a hand in molding our characters and personalities, but our growth will accelerate in the coming years as we explore the unthinkable and accomplish the impossible.

Every piece of art is made with the intention of answering a question, yet asking another.  This book is no different; it is made to answer the question of who we were this past year, as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors.  The question: who will we become?

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” ~Neil Gaiman