Elementry My work for 2016 is about the emotions and feelings that someone or I have dealt with, when it comes to the theme lost. Though my work I aim to convey the feeling such as neglect, but also focusing on both the smaller things and the important things in life. I wish to also engage the viewer with my work, to either feel sympathy for the subject or to reflect and contemplate their own emotions.
The Constant (detail) My artworks are a cohesive representation of the relationship between chaos and order in our society and environment. I investigated different artists, nuclear chemistry, Marxist theory and various pieces of literature in order to gain influence on the subject matter and mediums used in the two works. My artworks represent the simultaneous and parallel nature in which chaos and order have to exist in order to sustain life and society.
Dots (detail) For my first piece, I aimed to capture the size and vastness of outer-space. At first, I had no clue on how to do this and it took some time to think and find inspiration but once I started gaining momentum on it with the help of my teacher, it led to a large-scale and open work with solid colours which mixed greatly together. My second piece was also done on a fairly large size but this time it was much more simpler looking.
Manifest (detail) My artworks explore all that occurs within the individual mind or self, symbolically and literally. I used the medium of silver gelatin print photograms within the darkroom to convey my ideas and explorations through beautiful and aged techniques. I portray ideas of what may occur within an individual in my artworks; with the use of subject matters such as bottles, dreamcatchers & the physical human body.
Identity 1 (detail) The works entitled 'Identity' show two different representations of an individual’s identity, and the way people perceive themselves. The artworks are intended to be cohesive and reflective of each other in relation to identity. Photographs were arranged in a layering effect with geometric shapes to show rhythm and movement in the way the layers form together and form three-dimensional layers.
Hidden Thoughts Collaborative 1 (detail) The mind… it is something that we all have, however only some are brave enough delve into its depths and truly understand themselves. The mind is the harbourer of secrets, the keeper of fears, and the provider of all thoughts. In my work throughout this year I aimed to depict this ambiguous void, which is unique to all individuals, its effects and purpose in life, and the acts of revealing and concealing hidden thoughts.
Harmony 2 Through the use of long exposure photography, I have captured images which I hope installs a soft tone which invites the viewer to explore the tranquillity of the Victorian beachfront. The choice to employ long exposure within my photos was aimed to encourage the viewers to explore constant movements of nature, inspiring self reflection of what they perceive true beauty to be and where it exists within themselves.
From Dust (detail) Visually, my works were created to describe individuality, in that it is becoming sought after as no one posses it anymore.
emouvoir (detail) My artwork explores the physical interpretations and expressions of emotions. I deconstruct these intangible thoughts and feelings into the ways we commonly interpret them; basic associations such as primary colours, the importance of eyes - their shape, glossiness or even the presence of features such as eye bags. I use a range of materials within my works to help emphasise my concept and accentuate the fluidity of emotions.
Fluster Cuck The daunt of consumerism is becoming increasingly present in everyday that passes. The motivations that drive the actions of consumers and the role that manipulative companies play in skewing peoples innocent minds is a key focus in my works. Circulating around this is the deeper, more emotional consumerism in hoarding where the links to objects are far greater and actually hinder the well being of an individual.
Corner View I investigated how black & white photography can change, reinvent or enhance the looks of architecture around Melbourne. By using similar techniques to my inspiration, Ansel Adams, I experimented with monochromatic imagery techniques to capture smoothly toned, crisp images of influential architecture buildings located around Melbourne CBD. This allowed me to explore different and unique photographic viewpoints as well as learn and explore new editing styles and techniques.
Symbiotic Relationship (detail) I investigated a concept which combined nature and industrialism symbiotically. Here I explored how harsh materials could potentially work hand in hand on a mechanical level with natural surroundings and elements. This intrigued me and allowed me to experiment with precarious materials that wouldn't normally marry up together.
Natural Beauty In a world full of preoccupied humans, nature isn't given the credit it deserves. My artwork 'Natural beauty', uses organic media to entice viewers to reflect upon scenes within nature they perceive as beautiful, and to appreciate the diversity of our planet.
Equilibrium (detail) I explored painting different types of animals using the mediums of watercolour painting with Gouache and Inks in order to create artworks that convey specific concepts or themes through, not only the animal, but also through the colours and textures displayed through the watercolour painting style. I experimented using alarming, dazzling colour and also soft and gentle hues in order to display an aesthetic specific to the concept or theme.
High Explosion As a dancer, my work has been all about exploring the human body, in particular exploring the off putting shapes the human body can create. My art works are more about the subject matter rather than the work itself. In my work Possesion, it is the dancer who creates unpleasant feelings rather than the editing process. This minimally edited photograph produces off putting aesthetics through the bizarre and unnatural looking body shape.
Anguish Within my final works my folio ideas relate back to human destruction, and the concepts that surround it such as isolation, anxiety, hidden identities, vulnerabilities and fears. I was interested in capturing multiple emotions through facial expressions and body language, to try and evoke a range of feelings within my photos. I wanted to create an atmosphere in which the viewer has empathy for the experiences and feelings taking place within my images.
Speak Up Still 1 Disillusionment is an inevitable part of human existence. Throughout our lives, at one point or another, we become exposed to knowledge that challenges our previous beliefs and forces us to question what is the truth. We enter a state of disillusionment, as the previous illusions are shattered, and replaced by a newfound sense of reality. No longer imprisoned by false assumptions, we are able to become truly aware and assertive of the world in which we live in.
Faces From The Abyss My work is about the nature of change and how everything we encounter becomes subject to it. The work explores change within the mind and attempts to illustrate a deeper state of consciousness / depression. It evolved over a series of experiments burning tapers under paper. The smoke leaves ghostly charcoal licks over the work suggesting movement and mystery. The imagery itself alludes to a kind of emotional or spiritual state of flux, with faces of many ages emerging.
Ipsum I aimed to explore the complementary relationship between mandalas and the surfaces they are drawn on while following the theme of 'patterns.' As my skills and designs evolved, I discovered that I was communicating an imbedded meaning behind my artworks; that although there may be fine flaws evident in them, they are still overall beautiful from different perspectives.
Raw Relationships 3 While exploring my theme of Raw Beauty, the idea of a humans natural state and rawness of both physical appearance and emotions enticed me. The organic curves, forms and shapes that make up each individual and the small features that often go unnoticed were things that i hoped to capture and bring into focus to the viewer. This combined with my love for nature and all things of the natural world, i further explored the relationships between nature and humans.
Vertical Perspectives Perception is the ability to see, hear or become aware of something through the senses. And the way in which something is regarded, understood or interpreted. I intended to alter typical and ordinary perception to warp the way in which we perceive the elements around us in everyday life. I wanted to allow the viewers of my works to experience something they had not experienced before and to become absorbed in the unique calibre of my works.
The Light Behind Your Choices The directions and expectations of contemporary society has contributed to personal fear, detachment, and indifference. My investigation and personal use of photographic processes and mediums, has led and defined a series of artworks, that express my personal vulnerability and response to moments in time. The use of illuminated boxes, brings to to the fore, a personal aesthetic defining a momentary visual response, and subsequently viewer reaction.
An XRay Of A Self Portrait This year i explored my theme of the hyperactive and restless mind; primarily the Ennui and its interrelationship to hyperactivity. I get bored, destructive and fidgety; i feel lethargic and lyme. My excessive tedium builds up and explodes in episodes of physical and psychological energy, and i can not sit still. My paintings, although seemingly unfinished, are a visual and creative outlet for this energy, or lack of.
Outer Reflections 1 The project initially started with a focus on human’s interaction with nature and how we inhabit areas devoid of modern technology and comforts, and whether we still feel comfortable in such environments. As exploration progressed my focus shifted away from the initial concept to purely aesthetic concerns as I explored ways to reflect humans in nature and focused on skin and foliage textures.
URBEX WHITE BORDER Photography is a way for one to express how they perceive life and situations in their own unique manner- and I try my best to show my perceptions through my work in a way that evokes understanding from anyone who views it, regardless of age, experience or culture.
Singularity (detail) The harmony between music and visual art has allowed me to produce these expressive oil paintings, flicking, stabbing and brushing accordingly to the tonal shifts of the inherent songs used, always in time with the music, and rejuvenating the immense myriad of colours at the end with a gloss varnish. These elements and qualities form a certain balance upon a thin piece of plywood panel.
Ecclesiastes I explored the conflicting sides of dichotomies, focusing mainly on the natural and manmade aspects of either side and expressing their conceptual and physical qualities through materials that were both fragile and resilient as well as incorporating an ephemeral aspect through the use of light to produce shadows which would provide visible yet intangible representations of the conflicting sides.
Disillution This image is meant to be a representation of societal expectations in relation to beauty. This image is meant to show the comparison to what people think they see when they look at themselves and what others perceive them to look like. The use of movement in the face shows the disapproval of what she is seeing.
Hybrid Family My two pieces communicate a number of things - animal cruelty, the injustices of colonialism, modern exploitation of sweatshop workers - as well as draw inspiration from the animations (and the satirical tone) of Terry Gilliam and of Gary Larson's 'Far Side' cartoons.
EVENTIDE The process of creating art is about individuality; the application of transferring fragments of passion and one’s own soul into a physical, visually intriguing form. The themes of nostalgia and ocean; more precisely the Mornington Peninsula, inspired me to elaborate on the concept of originality and encouraged me to delve into the concept of 'immersive environments' between an audience and artworks.
Don't Breathe I wanted to investigate the inner workings of our minds, explore every aspect I could of the human subconscious and project my findings in a form that best represented that idea. I wanted to explore the idea of different interrelating aspects of culture through a very contemporary and symbolic way where each lantern carries a different colour and word which connects to one another.
Perplex The meaning of an artwork cannot change, but our perception of it can. The goal that is pursued from viewing artworks, is not necessarily understanding, but considering. By considering any artist’s work, the context could never be fully understood by others; we could not fathom all meanings conveyed and emotions represented.
Aspirations (detail) Everyone dreams. Dreaming is one thing that we all have in common, no matter what ethnicity, religion or personality type. Whether they are good or bad dreams, anything can happen and sometimes some pretty weird things can happen. That is why I have decided to explore my ideas through surrealism. I am particularly interested in the relationship between dream and reality. The idea that the two interconnect intrigues me.
Belgrave Heights Christian School
Emerald Secondary College
Mater Christi College
Mountain District Christian School
Sherbrooke Community School
St Joseph's College Ferntree Gully
Upwey High School