Interregnum Art Competitions


The best of King’s artistry came out in flying colors this Interregnum in the form of film, dance, song, rap, instrumental music, painting, drawing, and poetry, making this year’s Three-Hour Art and Long-Term Art competitions among the highest quality King’s has seen.

In the three hour art competition, the House of Corrie Ten Boom’s winning recreation of Picasso’s Guernica depicted the horrors of 9/11, playing off of Picasso’s original picture of the bombing of a Spanish town.

“I believe that there is more that can be taken away from these pieces of artwork and these stories of villainy. We can see that our world is broken and doomed to fight villainy. How then should we live?” asked Alex Nogy (’14), a Ten Boom competitor.

No one foresaw the hilarious scandal of Thatcher’s depiction of The Death of Marat, changing Marat’s face to resemble Michael Jackson.

“Was Michael Jackson a villain or a saint? Was he the king of pop who ushered in a whole new musical era or was he a...child-molester?” asked Thatcher presenter Becca Peterson (’13).

The House of Truth presented their piece, The Death of Lady Justice, and posed a deeper question: “In her attempt to execute justice, has Lady Justice killed herself?”

The House of Barton put a thought-provoking spin on Hitler’s peaceful painting of a suburban building. The back of the painting showed the evil within the building’s peaceful front. Different rooms held scenes such as a child praying to Hitler, or broken glass to represent the Kristallnacht.

Natalie Nakamura (’13) said their inspiration came from the idea that “you can’t judge a house by its painting, and you can’t judge a painting by its… house.”

In the long-term art competition Houses brought out their best in film, dance, music, painting, drawing, and poetry, to put together a show well worth seeing.

Jube Charles (’14) earned an astounding applause with his spoken word poetry as the House of Reagan’s presentation.

In one of the various inspiring lines of the poem, Charles said, “Take the stains of the saints. Magnify their imperfections until those outside the stained glass doors look at the stains of the saints more than they look at the stainless God who created them.”

After the performance, Charles said, “for this poem, I took a devil’s advocate approach. He’s the villain of all villains, so why not?”

Overall, there was a large variety of artistic forms. Churchill presented a memorable rap anthem based on the story of Jekyll and Hyde. The Houses of Truth and Barton presented a dance to live violin music, and Thatcher girls danced to spoken word poetry. House of Susan B. Anthony artists presented a three-dimensional painting.

Upperclassmen such as Houston Hough (’12) said that, compared to Interregnum art competitions of the past, “this year was by far the best.”

“This year we just saw a lot more creative and legitimate art,” said Hough.