Artwork of the Week

The focus of this week’s Artwork of the Week was on the sweeping curves of the surface contour of the shell, drawn here with great feeling by Madison Miettinen (7B).

This portrait series, More than a Pretty Face, by Francesca Archibal (10O), plays on the artist’s understanding of the ideas and visual conventions of three 20th century art movements—cubism, dada and pop—giving each a personal and contemporary twist.

In this installation Cocophony by Sophie Nolan (12B), the viewer is invited to step inside a space of dark, rustling and densely overlaid verticals scrawled, etched and collaged with words. Forcing their way through the hanging strands and closely surrounded at the centre, the viewer is faced with a physical and aural cacophony of voices, reflecting the overwhelming claustrophobia of a media saturated world.

Elevated spirits, by Sneha Jaiswal (12W), depicts the human capacity for hope and faith even among those who have very little. The small houses and ladders cobbled together from found objects represent the fragility of the village while also showing community connection. The kites suspended above these structures show the elevating presence of the human spirit while the ladders lead down to prayer offerings, conveying the repeated practice of prayer as a daily ritual in life.

In this three-dimensional work, Jillian Campbell (9O) uses the image of a hand gesture with an embedded mouth to reference the multiple ways in which humans communicate. The loose and ‘ramshackle’ construction of this form extends this idea, reflecting on the layered and individual construction of our language and expression.

The pop imagery of this work, Barani, Yagu, Bari, by Eliza Douglas (12H) was developed from a combination of photographs taken while on expedition to Kangaroo Point. The bright dance of the background buildings, the sleek rounded forms of the car and the collage of shopping bags have been used to refer to the bright promotion and social obsession with acquiring new and shiny material goods.

In this bold composition, Elizabeth Choo (10M) uses a compilation of letterboxes to point to the layers and varying character of the homes, both old and new, comprising the dense urban scape of the local Spring Hill area.

This week’s Artwork of the Week is a mandala created by Keira Crouch (7G). In this task, students stylised images from nature using variable brush lines and applied watercolour techniques to develop their images. Each image was then folded and glued to create three-dimensional forms which were further extended using a geometric grid to create a sculptural mandala.

This term, the new Visual Art curriculum invited students to consider a range of methods to thinking and approaching representation of the material world. In this work, Anabelle Horton (11L), considers the question of ‘beauty and aesthetics’ in her use of an everyday object as a point of reflection on the accumulative environmental impact of human domestic activity.

The observational focus of this shell drawing by Emma Wong (7W) is surface contour. Emma uses curved contour lines to build the illusion of three-dimensional form.

In this work titled, Life Study, Esme Carr (11M) uses repeat images of a vertebra to create a new form representing the struggle of life against a background of time and flux.

This week’s Artwork of the Week, Seedpod Drawing, is by Stella Carrett (7M). In Year 7, students are introduced to the idea and practice of ‘slow looking’, measurement and persistence in checking back and forth between observed object and drawing. Once the initial outline is achieved, the focus of the work is on developing the pattern and texture of the object using pen, ink and mark making.

In this charcoal drawing, Curiosity, Juliette Lodge (10L) uses the fence as a symbol for the point of separation between the known and unknown. Her drawing shows excellent control and experimentation with media.

Term 1, Week 5

In this photo series, titled Neither the Beginning or End, Renee Newcomb (12R), references the sight, sound and smell of tea-making to reflect on the warmth and calm evoked by the use familiar objects and repeated ritual actions.

Term 1, Week 4

This week’s Artwork of the Week is Blue, a three-channel video installation by Isabella Nye (12O) that explores the feeling of the body isolated and suspended within an emotional experience.

Term 1, Week 3

This mask by Sherry Jiang (8M) has been developed from a fusion of forms observed from nature. Her initial drawing was extended with three dimensional paper construction and brought to life with patterns and textures derived from the original forms.

Term 1, Week 2

This animated building constructed by Nellie Tilbury (10G), combines both natural and human-made forms to muse the possibility of a lifestyle more dynamically integrated with nature.

Term 1, Week 1

The ever-expanding circles of Chandelier of False Promise by Francesca Lenti (12E) are made of mass produced plastic cutlery. The form of the chandelier and its throwaway components point to the lack of illumination and the cheap promises of consumerism. This work was displayed in close proximity to the school Café to bring the ideas into the realm of the student audience.