Senior Art students Estelle Macpherson and Laura Sharp-Wheadon have created artworks that have been selected to be exhibited in the preview exhibition to Creative Generations at Redland Art Gallery.
Estelle’s artwork, The Loss of Reality was developed through an exploration of selected themes juxtaposed with music and the concepts of infinity and reality. Estelle explains, ‘Through this process, as well as exploring certain words, I found myself drawn to their connection with galaxies and in particular, the concept of reality.’
After playing with the idea of different colours and size in order to represent different realities; how different losses of reality can result in positive and negative emotions Estelle’s focus became the loss of reality one experiences when first attracted to someone else.
Estelle adds, ‘I chose purple because it is quite an explosive and passionate colour. Size became very important within the work; I painted the large galaxy to effectively communicate the overwhelming sense of emotion one feels when first attracted to someone. Then I made the disc spin to evoke the dizzying feeling of that first attraction.’
Laura’s artwork comprises of three digital images, composited using Photoshop: Time, Place and Space. Laura tells, ‘My first artwork Time shows me holding a broken clock. The cracked face of the clock depicts broken time; it is about how Year 12 can push you to your absolute limit until you crack.
Her second artwork Place is about where, ‘I feel most at home. I normally feel most at home in a library because I can disappear into a new story and escape reality for a while. As such, I have edited the image to make it look like I am disappearing into a novel,’ says Laura.
The third and last piece Space focuses on the pressure of Year 12 and exams. It follows the theme of Alice in Wonderland but instead of falling down the rabbit hole into Wonderland I am falling into exams.
The exhibition opens at the Redland Gallery Sunday September 11 at 11 am and can be viewed until mid-October.