Artwork of the Week

2021

Appropriating the shapes of objects from a Margaret Olley Still Life, Jenna Park (8B), has used carefully considered combinations of collage materials in her work, Moonlight Melody, to create a new composition with a contemplative mood.

Developed last year in response to the COVID-19 experience, Isabella Pak’s (11O) photo appropriation of Grace Cossington Smith’s painting, The Sock Knitter (1915), acknowledges the COVID lockdown in the face of a different world war.

This still-life study drawn by Farrah Gresham (8W), captures the character of the leafy subject with bold confident lines.

This well observed and creatively constructed cardboard sculpture, Frank 173-2, made last year by Amishi Ahlawat (10L), successfully exploits knowledge of the form and a feeling for the visual and physical qualities of chosen materials.

Ebony Lee’s (11E) work Digital Freedom plays on the well-known painting of Joan of Arc by Albert Lynch to represent the new fantasy of freedom through virtual technologies.

This work is part of a new exhibition of Photo Appropriation works produced by Year 10 2020 students and are displayed in the School’s Barbara Fielding Room.

2020

Responding to the work of Australian artist, Del Kathryn Barton, Daisy Sheahan (10W), embeds her subject within imagery drawn from the natural world, referencing the effort of growth and the flowering of human spirit.

In this altered book page, Evie Kolff van Oosterwijk (8M) up-cycled a page from a recycled book with this neatly designed image in response to selected words from the text.

The fractured construction and three-dimensional layers of the print imagery comprising each of the faces in this installation work by Trinity Huf (11B), reflect on the irony of the use of numbers as markers of individual identity.

This collage by Lucy Vaughan (9O) effectively contrasts the refuge of home and the calm of this small verandah corner with the storm of world issues raging outside.

Projected across an entire wall in a darkened room, accompanied with a ‘Manifestation Meditation’ complete with diurnal rhythms, this work by Ruby Norris (12O) takes a tongue in cheek perspective on the artificial means used to construct transcendence from our busy lives.

Selecting a personally meaningful object as a subject for her painting, Maddie Miettinen (8B) applied her knowledge of paint techniques and colour harmonies to create this joyful and celebratory image, Precious, developed from her own photographic composition.

After investigating the work of Australian artist Del Kathryn Barton, Millie Smith (10O), was inspired to develop this double portrait which represents the emotional connection between the two figures.

Altered book page by Isabella Ho (8E)

Altered book page by Asha Stewart (8G)

These two altered book pages by Isabella Ho (8E) and Asha Stewart (8G), were developed in response to the work of artist, Tom Phillips. In making these works, each student took a page from a book and constructed a poem of words found from within the original text. The poem was then extended and complimented with an image demonstrating each student’s choice of media and representational style.

Living Static by Alexandra Keeley (11E) was developed in response to her investigation of the abstracted works of Kandinsky, and the use of elements and principles of visual language in expression. Alexandra’s work represents the daily experience of moving into and out of the structures of school life.

Shown as a point of light in darkness, the crumpled sheet music with its composition in progress is used as a representation of hope and curiosity in the search for understanding and expression. Devan Zhao (9L) uses the rich darks and lights of her charcoal media, Progress, to extend her theme of light and hope within darkness.

While participating in home learning last term, Year 9 Visual Art students developed a series of compositional collages to reflect the theme ‘A Room at the Heart of my Home’. In this work, Caitlin Davies (9W) represents the function of her living space as a repository of personal and family histories.

Working from her drawing studies of a seed pod, Year 7 student Mia Neubecker (7O) simplified and stylised her image, developing it as a relief printing plate constructed of found materials. After printing, her works were further extended with the use of mixed media components, creating a series presented as a concertina book.

Developed in response to a study of 20th century art movements, this self-portrait by Sienna Crosisca (10M), uses the visual forms of Cubism to express her contemporary experience of life and identity.

First composed as a photograph, delicately framing the subject with wave-like folds of fabric, and then developed with careful colour harmony and soft graduation techniques, this painting by Lara Koekoek (8L) shows wonderful observation and sensitivity for the ‘preciousness’ of her subject.

Developed from a photograph carefully framed and constructed by the student, this large scale charcoal drawing by Sherry Jiang (9M), develops her theme Relentless Melodies with creative attention to the observational detail of light, form, tone and texture.

Last term while learning from home, Year 10 students engaged in a series of self-portrait tasks reflecting on the work of contemporary Australian artists.

Responding to Tim Storriers’ work the Histrionic Wayfarer, Visual Art student Kiera Ryan (10E) first constructed and photographed a self-portrait figure using clothing and objects associated with her period of home learning. The posture and design of this figure was given further animation in a drawing exploiting the liquid qualities of her selected media.

Part of a series of experimental works created in the process of developing a finished artwork, this image, by Lola Thew (12R), of a human on the threshold of new experience retains a sense of a poignant moment.

Showing a wry sense of humour, Son of Elton, by Lucjia Noble (11M), is a photographic appropriation of René Magritte’s surrealist painting, Son of Man, made in 1964.

In this week’s Artwork of the Week, Jessica Do (11B), confidently appropriates the ideas and visual forms of three different representational styles to show facets of her own personal and contemporary context.

Constructed from printed acetate over a mirrored surface, this work by Lucinda Bell (12G), builds on her observation of the warped images of city buildings captured in the mirror glass of Eagle Street buildings.

In this multi stage work, Eliza Canfield (8E), used watercolour to develop two images of forms from nature. Her images were then printed in multiple, cut outs and developed into individual three dimensional forms complementing the natural form of the original. Using a grid of concentric circles with a five point radius, Eliza experimented with ways to combine her individual forms to build the three dimensional pattern and movement of her mandala.

Confidently executed with bold strong lines by Grace Gillies (8H), this drawing is one in a suite of quick ‘warm-up’ drawings undertaken by Year 8 students in the lead-up to their ‘Still Life’ painting task later this term.

Combining impressions of the local Spring Hill area, Maxine Gamer’s (10G) mixed media work, ‘Brought to Life’, shows the layers of life and experience informing the neighbourhood. From the new tower blocks overshadowing original homes to bright domestic decoration, the artist shows us the energy and richness of our inner-city suburb.