The symbolism in Aidan Krell’s school-to-prison pipeline sculpture

Aidan Krell is a team player – and a rebel too.

Born in West Burlington, 18, Krell spent 10 years of his early childhood in Portland, Oregon, where a local woman nurtured the talents of neighborhood kids by hosting a free arts camp each summer.

“She taught us to develop skills, but more importantly, she encouraged us to use those skills to express ourselves,” Krell said. “We weren’t ashamed of painting outside the lines or creating something that looked different than the model.”

Out of this experience came the idea that true art combines talent, skill and meaning.

Krell’s slightly disturbing social commentary “Welcome to School Tyranny” is featured on The Teen Vice Show with Krell and Kelli Edwards at the Art Center of Burlington.

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