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VISUAL ARTS

 
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MRS JULIA WARE

The 2021 Year 12 Visual Arts class are an eclectic group of individuals filled with creativity, imagination and lots of humour. I have had the joy of teaching many of these students from Year 7; it has been a privilege to watch them grow and mature into young adults, as well as to watch their creative skills and passions develop in Visual Arts. I will dearly miss each and every one as they move on to pursue the big, bright future ahead of them. Congratulations, Class of 2021!

 

STUDENTS

ISABELLA CRAIG

SARAH DAY

GRACE EDWORTHY

HOLLIE FISK

AMELIA JACKSON

MADDISON MCCARTHY

PENI MEIER-KAPAVALE

SHAILYN NIANIOS

WILLIAM NOVAK

ISABELLE ROBERTSON

COOPER SHARP

JADE VAICIURGIS

 
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ISABELLA CRAIG

Memini Vita Pulchra (Remember Life is Beautiful)

The main concept of my artwork was to contrast the beauty of life to the darkness and ominous inevitability of death. My artwork displays different animal skulls surrounded by plants, flowers, and insects which somewhat depict a stage of decomposition. The flowers and insects were drawn in coloured pencils in order to highlight the beauty and life in these things surrounding the skulls. Then a mixture of graphite and charcoal was used on the skulls and parts of the background and environment, to take up the majority of the work and almost consume and overpower the colour of the artwork with the darkness of this medium, emphasizing the inevitability of death. I have to an extent, been inspired by vanitas artworks, liking the darkness but also some of the beauty that exists in the style and the symbolism surrounding the transience of life. Instead of incorporating objects of vanity and other earthly things, I replaced this with more natural subjects of the environment like more plants and flowers, and then the animal skulls as opposed to human ones.

 
 
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SARAH DAY

Fine Line

This artwork is a piece created using acrylic paint on wooden boards. I chose the title fine line as there is only a fine line between people being born with down syndrome and not being born with it as the only difference is one extra chromosome and it can happen to anyone. This artwork is supposed to explore the idea that people with disabilities have many more challenges and hurdles in life than others but are still able to do many of the things that everyone else can do whilst people judge them and use derogatory terms about them my artwork is deliberately shaped to look like an eye to represent looking into someone's life and to show how drastic a life change and how different it can look which is all depended on the fine line of fate. This artwork has been created to shed light and open conversation on a topic that is not usually talked about or discussed openly, having a sister with down syndrome has led to me being more open-minded about disabilities which not everyone gets the hands-on experience of which is where the misconception of limited abilities comes from within people outside of the community.

 
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GRACE EDWORTHY

Women Can Be Heroes Too

The concept of my three artworks is to outline the image that society puts in our heads, it’s not just men who can be superheroes. These images are aimed mostly at children, as they are more inclined to think that heroes are only strong men. This artwork also was aimed to get people to realise that it’s not just the people in movies and comic books that are classified as superheroes. There are superheroes in our everyday lives like our parents, teachers, or someone that we look up to. I believe that even though our society is getting better at equalising men and women, there is still that fine line where men are seen as stronger, faster and more superhero-like. So, I wanted to create the image in people's minds where they see women on the same scale as men, equal. 
This artwork is also to thank the women in my life for being my heroes.

 
 
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HOLLIE FISK

Spiritual Awakening

My artwork, entitled ‘Spiritual Awakening’, consists of the imagery of butterflies and detailed mandalas. The materials and mediums I have used are canvas, with pencil, permanent marker and acrylic paints. I chose these because it’s personally what I work best with, and to me, allows the details of the mandalas and butterflies to stand out more and be more flamboyant. The mandalas stay the black and white, with the butterflies being the centrepieces in vibrant colours of blue, pink, orange and green. Inspiration and influence of my art-making are the mandalas have always been a passion of mine, I do random ones daily, so I wanted to incorporate that skill set into my major work. Indian art is also an inspiration and influence as it shows life, and growth, and how it can be expressed, and also the detailing of their mandalas, how all are different and unique. The butterflies demonstrate a life source and the blossoming of that creature.

 
 
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AMELIA JACKSON

This Is; Society

My artworks are strongly influenced by the struggling injustices that society faces every single day without acknowledgment. My artworks visualise uncultured ideas and society’s concepts that we believe we must obey. These artworks were strongly influenced by current worldwide problems that I believe can be fixed if we all do our part. Toxic masculinity is the cultural ideal of manliness, where strength is normalised, and emotions are a weakness. This phrase is designed to not describe masculinity, itself, but a form of gendered behaviour that results in what expectations of “what it means to be a man” go wrong. The Black Lives Matter movement is the idea that all races are equal and should be treated with freedom and respect. This movement was heavily publicised after white police brutality was raised against coloured individuals around the world. Beauty standards is the reflection of the way we believe individuals must look depending on society’s expectations, this is also determined by gender. This is creating a culture of insecurities. Materials used in the art-making process were acrylic paints, spray paint, magazines and props. I believe these materials fit uniquely with the concept and display what is being portrayed in a meaningful manner. This was achieved by applying appropriate colours and textures to the canvas.

 
 
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MADDISON MCCARTHY

All Dressed Up And Nowhere To Go

The concept behind the piece and the title ‘All dressed up and nowhere to go’ is about how one in six women have experienced sexual assault since the age of 15. Sexual assault is commonly linked to the way women are dressed which leads women to feel too scared to get dressed up because they have nowhere safe to go.


The dress has been made out of white satin because white traditionally represents innocents and purity as well as the smooth glossy look to convey a sense of calmness. I also used red embroidery thread to represent the chaos going on underneath. The dress was made using a combination of hand and machine sewing. This piece has been influenced by the charity organisation I work for and all the women they support.

 
 
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PENI MEIER-KAPAVALE

Burn! Light Shall Reveal The truth!

The world is shifting into an abyss. No one's eyes are safe, no one's minds are safe, and no one’s hearts are safe. They’re is dark forces about it seeping into us, penetration and staining the entirety of our beings. No one is safe… However, we can always give and work with other powerful allies to better ourselves and the world we live in. Having allies in a dark dimension will help us carry on. Don't let them in anymore...
Fighting evil is the clique concept of my piece. Although it is a clique, it is something we will face in day to day life. Using soft and dense materials such as acrylic paint and watercolour helps be layer pigment onto the water coloured paper, using watercolours of its soaked and more even filling, and paint to sharply define the work, aseptically using impasto.
This piece was overall influenced by the world aspect of the frames. Seeing corruption, double standards, hate, discrimination, inequality, and inequity, all comes back to us being afraid of something that isn't always there. Humans hold a similar interest in what we need, and we can't let the overwhelming drift of society stop us from being what we need to be and who we are.

 
 
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SHAILYN NIANIOS

Unity of Cultures

My piece entitled ‘Unity of cultures’, is a display of the crossing cultures of my background which is Maori and Australian. I this piece I used acrylic paints on canvas, which was to challenge myself a little as painting people has not previously been the easiest medium for me. Influences of my artwork include mainly Maori culture coming from my Mums side as well as white Australian which comes from my Dads.
This concept is incredibly personal and important to me as both people and cultures have always played a bigger part in my life. As well as this it is also from a larger scale where New Zealand and Australia are right next door to each other and are frequently referred to as neighbours.

 
 
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WILLIAM NOVAK

A Meta Expression of Humanity

Through heavily stylised depictions of art, people, architecture and nature, the piece invites the audience to explore humanity’s transformation from heavy reliance on the environment to artificiality and infrastructure. This unorthodox historical timeline highlights not only transcultural similarities and differences but does so in a visually-clear way; ten cultures are split clearly into meta-artistic ‘blobs’ and coloured in correspondence to their societal prosperity. The earthy palette of prehistory (1) or the greenery of Ancient Greece (3), for example, can be clearly contrasted to the grime of the Middle Ages (6) or the greys of modern conflict (9). In a ‘Vexx’-inspired style of weighted black outlines and alcohol-based markers, the accomplishments of mankind are showcased in hundreds of dynamic, layered and multicoloured illustrations. It should be noted that complete historical accuracy, especially in regards to the exact colours of items, was sacrificed to maintain distinct, cultural palettes.
Yet by no means is this a glorification of cultures or people. All of the eras shown were plagued with slavery, famine, discrimination or death, and due to this, the piece cannot be labelled as a ‘celebration’ of humanity. Rather, it is a commemoration of humanity’s creative and intellectual endeavours through time, as well as the inherently intertwined violence and sufferings.

 
 
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ISABELLE ROBERTSON

The Monarchs

Puppies are seen to be man’s best friend and this is very evident in my household. We love our dogs so much that we give them personalities and voices. My dad one day gave my dogs royal names which inspired me to create large portraits based on traditional royal portraits. Throughout my time in the Secondary Years at the College, I fell in love with painting and thought painting the royal portrait would be the perfect medium for creating these works. My three dogs’ royal names are Dutchess Alexandra, Chairman Maisy and Princess Penelope. Dutchess Alexandra is inspired by Grand Dutchess of Baden, with her simple flower crown and pearl necklace. Chairman Maisy is influenced by Chairman Mao. Maisy has a harsh attitude like Chairman Mao. Princess Penelope was inspired by Princess Diana, with Penelope having Diana’s shyness but friendliness. Through these works, I want to show their personalities and royalty.

 
 
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COOPER SHARP

For Suus ‘nor In Finem

Suus ‘nor In Finem which roughly translates to “It's not the end'' which is in reference to the quote “Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end.” by John Lennon. This piece is supposed to represent the struggle of bullying in schools and how it’s usually ignored and how one person can help. It's said that Students reported that the most harmful things teachers can do are: tell the student to solve the problem themselves, tell the student that the bullying wouldn’t happen if they acted differently, ignored what was going on, or tell the student to stop tattling. I used the representations of the blues and blacks to represent the bad mental state of William and red represents the urgency of help that is needed and closeness to death. William is usually shot from above to make him feel smaller than the Antagonist’s (Bullies & Teacher). The background music represents the emptiness of William as he almost gave up. We see it’s not the only time that these events have happened. This is the same for the echo given to dialogue during the start of the film. The white noise used for the video also shows the desperation of William needing help.

 
 
 
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JADE VAICIURGIS

Seeing and Knowing

My Body of Work reflects the true self of individuals. The works include charcoal and graphite on paper; and oil paints on canvas. The graphite works represent how the individual is seen in the eyes of the world, without personality, emotion and appear very similar to the crowd. They do not acknowledge their personality or true self. The oil painted works, symbolise who the individual really is. The oil works capture their character and emotion through colours, objects and expression. The paintings show others how close relations of the individual understand, perceive and know them. My works highlight the importance of the true self. I have been inspired by Nicoletta Ceccoli, Tim Burton, Tahlia Stanton, Lemon Zhaoxiaoli and Aykut Aydogdu. Each of these artists induce a dreamlike state of the human figure, which has been reflected within my oil works. These artists have all explored ideas that show individual personality, strength and emotion. Filmmaker and artist, Tim Burton has inspired me to create the ‘bland’ portraits in comparison to the oil works, in order to show how the world views them, and their true self. In Burton’s works, he creates characters that have similar traits but are revealed to be very different in nature.