“Rats of Humanity” and “The Conductor” by Senior Ellie Hall

April 4, 2022

“The Rats of Humanity” is the title for senior Ellie Hall’s portfolio which consists of six art pieces, all centered around rats during the Victorian Era. “The Conductor,” one of those six pieces, was individually awarded a Gold Key along with the entire portfolio as a whole. 

The portfolio consists of a variety of mediums including acrylic, oil, pen, ink, and ceramics. Hall said the inspiration for the portfolio came from art pieces that she completed over the summer, and for her overall love of rats.

Senior Ellie Hall “Rats of Humanity” and “The Conductor” was awarded a gold key at the Scholastic Art and Writing competition of Nebraska. Photo by Ellie Hall.

“I really like rats in general,” Hall said. “There’s something about taking an animal like that and just putting it in like the nicest Victorian clothes I’ve ever seen that just satisfies a part of my brain so much that I did it six times.”

Looking back on her portfolio, Hall said she would have refined more of her artwork towards the end, but overall felt adamant about the pieces.

“I was rushing a bit at the end,” Hall said. “I do like ‘The Conductor.’ I spilled a bit of ink at one point and smeared it, but it’s pretty perfect.”

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