Visual Arts 2020
Welcome to the Ascham 2020 HSC Bodies of Work catalogue where our girls have certainly proven their artistic and innovative talents.
2022 Year 12 Artists
This year’s exhibition displays the work of 41 Visual Arts students whose variety of practice encompasses the media areas of drawing, painting, printmaking, photomedia, textiles and film. Each student has selected three artworks from their entire body of work.
The work the girls have produced exemplifies a close working relationship between themselves and their teachers and is the consequence of many months of refinement, persistence and sheer hard work.
I would like to sincerely thank the members of the Visual Arts Department, who alongside me, have taught Year 12 – Vanessa Bellemore, Sharon Hare, Margaret Murton and Emily Turner for their outstanding work in leading the girls through this process.
Thanks also to Steve Lowther for taking the photographs for this online catalogue and to Andrew Mallon for his outstanding work in bringing it all together.
Finally, I would like to wish the girls every success in the coming months with the marking of the artworks and the sitting of their final HSC Visual Arts exam.
We will be impatiently awaiting a reply from NESA in early December to see if we secure any places in ARTEXPRESS 2021.
Jeff Morabito | Head of Visual Arts/Design & Technology
My body of work explores the biological diversity of various cells, captivating the similarities of cellular components. These biomorphic forms allow me to play with relationships between colour, shape and line. Each print encompasses a different microscopic cell, detailing the complexities of distinctive microorganisms and rhythm of life.
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. – Vincent van Gogh
My body of work explores the personal and spiritual connections I have with my natural environment. Through actively and mindfully photographing my local surroundings, I found myself discovering the magnificence that nature radiates. The ambiguous depiction of textures throughout my artwork enhances the true emotional power that even the most minute details in nature embody.
The Rupture of Self
My body of work explores individuals’ exterior and interior worlds. People often hide their inner thoughts and feelings as a defence mechanism to shield vulnerabilities. My photographs depict the subjects in their intimate thoughts of subliminal self, symbolically tearing away their epidermis to expose their raw and unprotected souls.
One Moment in Movement
‘All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living.’ – Martha Graham
My body of work celebrates the female form in motion. The imagery used in my collages has been sourced from library archives and personal collections to explore the passion and physical expression of Australian women. Through whimsical compositions, my artwork reveals moments of women making every movement count.
Under the Scope
My grandfather worked on the Great Barrier Reef researching the effects of global warming on the coral colonies. The impact has been devastating, with once vibrant, colourful organisms transformed into bleached, skeletal remains. The ocean is heating up and the ice caps are melting and we are feeling the effects in Australia. My body of work highlights the beautiful forms, colours and textures of the coral and contrasts this with their evolution into dry, brittle, bleached shells.
Memories of Life in North Queensland
My body of work seeks to transport the audience to a distant memory, partly erased, hazy, in the back of their mind. This series of windows explores the notion of trace—moments and objects that hold emotion and significance yet are simultaneously disregarded and forgotten. A fragmented vanitas of life’s debris seeks to question our sense of permanence and mortality.
A Dying Art
With the current extinction rate approximately five thousand times higher than what would occur naturally, the degree of biodiversity being lost on earth has never been greater. Colourful, whimsical and graceful creatures are disappearing before our eyes as cities rise up in their place, undoing nature’s meticulous threads of evolution and reducing our wildlife to nothing more than museum specimens.
Compositions 1, 2 and 3
O.M.G. (Organisms Modified Genetically)
My body of work explores my connection with my grandparents and the experiences I have had staying at their property. My grandparents are important to me and I have enjoyed visiting their property throughout my childhood. One of my key memories is spending time with the animals and my body of work reflects the sometimes-humorous antics and mischievous playfulness of their individual personalities.
Connecting to Culture
The visual manifestations of culture are celebrated in my body of work as a series of four storyboards. Each collection makes visible a young woman’s story—their family, history, customs and the cultural fabric of their identity. Drawing from the practice of contemporary photographer Camila Falquez, the work blends digital and analogue techniques, blurring the lines between high art and editorial photography in order to illuminate culture in a contemporary context.
My body of work is a realisation of the extremely remarkable culture of Italy, steeped in the arts, architecture, food, and music of centuries of preservation. As the epicentre for the Renaissance and as the homeland of the ancient Roman Empire, modern-day Italy presents an extraordinary relationship between the old and the new. For this reason, is it one of the most culturally rich places and revered by the world as one of our wondrous treasures.
Wear Your Feelings
My work explores psychological emotions of the human mind displayed in a physical form. The most challenging part of mental illness is the intangible nature feelings have, and more importantly, the way in which society fails to understand things they cannot see. I have attempted to embody the emotions that I have endured myself throughout my own mental health journey, in wearable forms, in an effort to show the grasp that emotions have on the body and the chaos of one individual’s mind.
Mind of My Own / Journey
Stories for Girls
This body of work seeks to illuminate the intricacies of the coastal environment, which is alive with visual reminders of the impact of the elements and of time. The series develops from natural erosion to digital manipulation, highlighting the ever-increasing fingerprint of humanity and asking the audience to consider, what is their own imprint? Is nature perfect as is? Where on the spectrum do they lie? And ultimately, can we have a positive impact?
Without my Armour
Clothing is more than items we wear to keep warm or to cover up. Clothing creates an image and therefore a story to project to the rest of the world. Religion, occupation, age, social norms and personality all influence the way people choose to represent themselves. Clothing is a way of transforming the uniformity of nakedness into a personal statement. My body of work explores how people choose to portray themselves.
The Great Escape
Nothing thicker than a knife’s blade separates happiness from melancholy. – Virginia Woolf
My body of work explores the archetype of female entrapment found throughout history, embodied by the fictional character Deloris Lockhart. Trapped in an unwanted life, Deloris plans her escape and embarks on a journey to discover her dream self and eventually, fulfilment. The photographs are an exploration of the trials and tribulations of reaching for your dream identity.
The human condition—creativity, courage, passion, fragility—is often metaphorically embodied. This series of works gives flesh to our humanity and illuminates how we physically and spiritually hold our humanity. Encouraged to connect the dots in my body of work, the viewer will explore the light and dark within us all.
The animals used in rodeos are captive performers. Most are relatively tame, but understandably distrustful of humans because of the harsh treatment that they have received, removing them from their natural habitats and social structures. They have been confined to restrictive environments that deprive them of mental and physical stimulation. Centuries of humans facilitating this abusive dependence is reflected in rodeo culture. In my body of work, renegade animals have deserted their cause and defied convention.
“Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability”
Portrait of Woman, I-IV
My body of work is a portrait of multigenerational women in my family. My photographs explore the shifting societal values that have shaped these women’s lives. My artwork explores moments of connection and difference with lived experience and how identities are never fixed and constantly changing.
We are most often frightened than hurt, and we suffer more from imagination than reality. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
My body of work reveals how anxiety can manifest in the everyday lives of myself and others. Through exploring surreal scenarios that represent the lived experiences of having anxiety, these photographs reveal the emotional and physical turmoil that stems from this condition.
It leaves a mark…
My body of work explores the development that occurs in humans from infancy to adulthood, with a focus on the emotional and psychological growth that takes place. While humans progress through general stages of maturation, each individual acquires their own subjective beliefs and perspectives, informed by personal experiences over the course of their life.
To Dine in on Life
States of Flux
My body of work explores the multifaceted ways we experience reality. In our contemporary world we live alongside our fears and anxieties and these are subconsciously revealed in our everyday actions. Through the juxtaposition of mundane daily routines with hyperchromatic truthscapes, my artwork reveals the world around us in all its glory and gloom.
Another Brick in the Wall
My work explores the effects of coral bleaching through the depiction of coral in printmaking and painting. The colour, black, is symbolic of the loss of life as the coral is bleached. Growing up on the east coast of Australia, the ocean has been a major aspect of my young and current life, which is why protecting and preserving coral reefs is so important to me.
Tennō — Heavenly Sovereign
The People of Pipiriki
The Woods family is displayed through six unique portraits side by side in unity. The relaxed facial expressions portray each individual in a mysterious manner. The meaning of these drawings is fluid. This allows the audience to create their own narrative about personality and life experiences. My body of work explores the idea that we have separate identities, yet as a family we are still inevitably bonded.