”I spent most of my life in academia until last year, having moved frequently during my upbringing. My passion for art was a constant thread from my early years through my master's degree. It allowed me to freely express myself until I reached A-level art, where rigid grading criteria limited my creativity. I would bring in pieces that I had labourisly worked on for weeks and get a "'s school will love you...but unfortunately for your a-level mark...."Despite being a skilled foundational artist, I couldn't create stylized or culturally reflective pieces. I would receive compliments but not the A-level marks I aspired to, which left me feeling slightly unfulfilled.”