This is Forrester's piece of art, called "Uganda." As Maria Jimenez, Forrester's teacher at the High School of Art & Design, told the Met, "the narrative of this portrait symbolizes innocence and hope...Cliffannie wanted her subject to touch viewers, and make them consider that black lives matter and that little girls matter, in any part of the world. Cliffannie's powerful message was captured in this compelling composition and because of it, we are all transformed."
Besides her obvious and praise-worthy artistic talent, Forrester also keeps it real, which is precisely why the internet has fallen in love with her. This viral tweet has almost 40,000 retweets and 90,000 likes.
Forrester said of her artistic process, "When I was creating 'Uganda' I struggled to re-create the color scheme and contrasts from my references. I fused the background with the foreground in cool tones so that references I used appear seamless in the painting. I was pleased with the results. I am appreciative of the skills I thought I never had."
Forrester's story has continued to blow up on social media, garnering positive tweets and comments.
"Some of the responses from [the young artists selected for P.S. Art] have been like this young lady's," Sandra Jackson-Dumont, the Met's Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education, told Fusion. "'Oh, my god! I never thought I'd have a work of art in the Met!'... I think they feel honored to celebrate their own voices in this space. They're walking up to people saying, `Can I show you my work of art?' They're being acknowledged for their hard work, their perseverance, their grit, and also their creativity... [They're being honored for] having their own voice."