Senior Phoebe Carlton became interested in art from the moment she could start taking photos on her phone camera. Since then, she has found a passion for both art and social change. Carlton was voted “Best Local Artist” by the Elon community. 

Carlton said she hopes her pieces will make people think, since many of her favorite works offer commentary on political or social issues. Her recent series, called “Acedia,” resonates with many Elon students, highlighting difficulties they faced during the ongoing pandemic. 

“I hope that people can look at my ‘Acedia' series and see how they felt during the pandemic laid out on a canvas, confirming for them that it was, in fact, a shared experience of intense emotions and anxiety for everyone and that they are not alone,” Carlton said. 

Currently pursuing a BFA in studio art, Carlton said her experiences at Elon have been invaluable to her artistic career. 

Professor of art and environmental studies Samantha DiRosa is one of Carlton’s professors and thesis adviser and said Carlton is a very sophisticated and mature artist who is always working to strengthen her skill set.

DiRosa also said she admires Carlton’s subject matter and willingness to present difficult social issues. 

“She always seeks depth and intentionality in her work,” DiRosa said. “I saw that to be very consistent throughout the time that I have worked with her. I think it’s so well deserved.”

According to Carlton, her art has been a learning experience and has allowed her to accept her own experiences and be honest with herself. 

“Art has helped me realize that very few things are black and white, and very few things, possibly none, are neutral,” Carlton said.