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ArtNow


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ArtNow

Pinnacles Gallery 29 September – 28 October 2018

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PUBLISHER

Published on the occasion of the exhibition

Galleries, Townsville City Council PO Box 1268 Townsville, Queensland 4810 Australia pinnacles@townsville.qld.gov.au (07) 4773 8871 © Galleries, Townsville City Council and the authors 2018

Pinnacles Gallery 29 September – 28 October 2018

Exhibition organised by GALLERIES

Gallery acknowledgements

Jonathan McBurnie Lucy Belle Tesoriero Claire Griffiths Sarah Reddington Nicole Richardson Rachel Cunningham Amy Licciardello Erwin Cruz Emily Donaldson Leonardo Valero Stephanie Smith Tanya Tanner Jake Pullyn Michael Favot Chloe Lindo Wendy Bainbridge Jo Lankester

Creative Director Curatorial Assistant Senior Education and Programs Officer Education and Programs Officer Education and Programs Assistant Gallery Assistant Business Support Officer Senior Exhibitions Officer Exhibitions Officer Exhibitions Officer Collections Management Officer Public Art Officer Gallery Assistant Gallery Assistant Gallery Assistant Gallery Assistant Gallery Assistant

Pinnacles Gallery, Riverway Arts Centre 20 Village Blvd Thuringowa Central QLD 4817 Closed Mondays Tues - Sun: 10am - 5pm

(07) 4773 8871 pinnacles@townsville.qld.gov.au townsville.qld.gov.au PinnaclesTCC

Galleries would like to acknowledge the generous support and assistance of Townsville City Council in realising this exhibition. Thank you to all participating schools, teachers and student artists: • • • • • • • • • •

All Souls St Gabriel's School Heatley Secondary College Home Hill State High School Kirwan State High School Pimlico State High School Ryan Catholic College St Margaret Mary's College St Patrick's College Townsville Townsville State High School William Ross State High School

Cover image credit: Ella HARRISON Year 11, St Margaret Mary's College Zebra Land [detail] 2018 Mixed media on paper

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ARTNOW is an exhibition of works by senior students from the North Queensland region; delivered as part of Galleries' Creative Classrooms Program. This annual exhibition is the result of ongoing collaboration between Galleries and Secondary Schools across the North. The exhibition is open to all students who are currently studying any creative arts subjects in Year 11 and 12. Students are given no restrictions on subject matter or mediums and the exhibition is inclusive of all art forms. Participating students in the exhibition experience and employ some of the professional practices required in the art world. This includes areas like submitting work for an exhibition, preparing artwork for display and communicating the concepts and processes behind their work to a public audience. ARTNOW recognises the creativity and diverse talents of young and emerging artists within our community. This year’s exhibition is no exception with 44 student works from 10 secondary schools on display. Galleries is proud to support and showcase the work of our latest creative generation.

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Tahlia Bellamy Year 12, All Souls St Gabriels School

Busted Cans Wearable art

2018

For my wearable art piece I was inspired by the rubbish that is found in the aftermath of a music festival. After researching music festival rubbish, I found that drink cans were the most disposed of. I wanted to create a wearable art piece that not only showed how cans are being disposed of, but also transform the cans into a piece of clothing that could be worn at a music festival. I believe turning the cans into a wearable art piece highlights how individuals could dispose or re-use drinking cans in a more thoughtful or conscious way.

Joel Braiding Year 12, Pimlico State High School

The Eye of the Beholder

Ceramics finished with acrylic

2018

The Eye of the Beholder explores the focus of ‘perceptions’ within a personal context. The sculpture visually conveys a façade of self-perception. It implies an importance of greater awareness around reaching goals and achievements for a gratifying life, and that one’s future potentials and possibilities may be blinded by the past. Instead, a tunnel vision of deceptions are led onwards from isolation, alluded within unfulfilled expectations. As the drips cascade downwards onto the subject’s facial features, they eventually begin to consume its consciousness, thus concealing the vision of one’s perception.

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Billie Copeland Year 12, All Souls St Gabriels School

Plastic Beach Wearable art

2018

I created a wearable art piece inspired by the pollution of our beaches. I used an array of materials to convey to the audience how rubbish is continually disposed of on Australian beaches and the effect it is having on our environment. On the blue bra, I have used shells and brightly coloured crepe paper to convey the colours and natural materials you would find at the beach. In amongst the crepe paper and shells, I have included candy wrappers to show how plastic is also becoming more present.

Tamika Crank Year 12, Home Hill State High School

Self Portrait

2018

Watercolour, photocopy

Finding my sense of place is difficult as I change in different places and locations depending on who's there and what's happening. I am changing and reacting differently; there are a hundred versions of me.

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Grace Croft Year 12, Townsville State High School

A modern classic

Mixed media painting

2018

Young people often struggle to interpret the world around them and find their place. I looked back to the genius of Da Vinci as inspiration for my modern woman. Surrounded by the trappings of the contemporary world my modern woman is serene, composed and looking to the future. The figure engages the audience with confidence and empathy.

Morgan Cupitt Year 12, William Ross State High School

Stepping Through Time Mixed media

2018

Stepping Through Time is a work that uses multimedia to resonate with my childhood journey across Australia. The use of the boots and footprints within the work represents my physical journey with the defence force while the collage of photos and painted monuments symbolises new memories.

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Louisa Daley Year 12, Home Hill State High School

See me

2018

Texture paste, ink, acrylic

People don't see what is real sometimes. With the influence of popular culture, media and peer pressure, body image is affected greatly. This work represents those images, both real and imagined weight issues and highlights that what is real is the colour on the inside.

Taylor Davies Year 12, St Patrick’s College Townsville

Mother Nature Wearable art

2018

This dress represents Mother Nature, showcasing her power for good and destructive forces. The materials used include found flowers, a crinoline hoop armature and lights to suggest an ethereal quality.

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Rosalili Ford Year 11, St Patrick’s College Townsville

Hermes

2018

Wearable art, recycled materials

My wearable art headpiece, Hermes, is created from upcycled materials including foam scraps and pieces of old hats. The name Hermes is a reference to the Greek messenger God who is often portrayed as the patron of roads and travellers. Hermes is one of the many ancient Gods in Roman, Greek and Norse myths who has been depicted wearing a winged helmet, including Mercury, Roma, and other Norse Gods and heroes. Hermes, however, is one of the more well-known and recognised of these mythological figures. The winged helmet has been portrayed as a symbol of speed and has been used in various modern comic book hero designs, including the popular 'Flash' comic series. Through my wearable art piece, I wanted to display my own interpretation of the symbolic winged helmet used in ancient mythology and popular culture.

Hannah Fraser Year 12, All Souls St Gabriels School

The Artist's Experience [detail]

2018

Digital images, recycled fibre, found objects

The Artist's Experience is the experience of the artist, their reasoning for the choice of their artwork. This is communicated through the time, place and space as well as the context of the artwork. This artwork explores the artist’s experience of dreams that are personal to me and also have a geographical context. Through the materials of Photoshopped images, string, wire, wool and pipe cleaners; time, place and space; dreams are communicated. The site of the artwork itself being in a store room with junk and forgotten materials adds meaning to the artwork. By emphasising the lack of attention and the thrown away into our memories that we often do with our dreams. In doing so, adding meaning to the space and place of dreams. Every single image represents a single dream. Words are hung over certain images to create more emotion and understanding of the place and space that the dream took place in. The overall artwork explores the time, place and space of all dreams, images of polar opposites are used to do so. The string and pipe cleaners are intertwined to demonstrate the neurons and the connectedness that dreams have with each other. The string hanging from the pipe that represents a connection to the rest of the brain, represents the time the dream took place, the longer the string the longer the dream took in the mental space.

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Dianne Fulford Year 12, All Souls St Gabriels School

Plastic Plates Wearable art

2018

I was inspired by the use of paper plates for my wearable art. I used many paper plates and cut them into hundreds of pieces to glue onto a bodice. I arranged them in different patterns and directions to make my outfit look more interesting. To contrast against the paper plates, I used purple plastic garbage bags. This made the dress have a contrast in colour and textures.

Cheyarna Gesu Year 12, Home Hill State High School

Seasons

2018

Glass, acrylic, sand

The wine glasses remind me of celebrations and fun and togetherness. Each season offers something different to celebrate. I wanted to remind myself of the celebrations of the world.

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Haylee Hancock Year 12, Townsville State High School

Heart Break Painting

2018

Heartbreak can be a defining event in a young person's life. The emotional impact on both people is a fragile balance of who hurt who and their ability or inability to move on. My painting shows the moment your heart breaks; trust is lost and love diminished.

Ella Harrison Year 11, St Margaret Mary's College

Zebra Land

2018

Mixed media on paper

Zebra Land is a mixed media artwork that explores the concept of objects in space. The three dimensional floating shapes and figures play with zebra and cross walk imagery to challenge our notion of space, time and gravity.

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Amelia Hawke Year 11, St Margaret Mary's College

Treasure Chest Wearable art

2018

Treasure Chest, a play on the words to compare the treasure that is the reef on the chest of my design. The design showcases the importance of preserving our national treasure, which is the Great Barrier Reef. It is an important issue that is being ignored and I would like to do my part to raise awareness and showcase its beauty and potential.

Tayah Hopkins Year 12, All Souls St Gabriels School

Time Place Space [detail] Mirrors, wire, acetate, pen

2018

This three piece series explores time, place and space through constructing drawings of the same woman over different time periods. She changes with the developing religions, beliefs and expectations of women in the same place, with a constantly changing environment, the environment being the space, thus associating with time, place and space. The artist experience links strongly into this body of work as the space around us is ever changing, with beliefs and expectations of society, gender and place that are always wavering. Time, place and space have always been major contributing factors in how we present ourselves as women and despite our advances in freedom, we still remain victims of the expectations of time, place and space.

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John Horca Year 12, Heatley Secondary School

Mother Pollution Acrylic on Canvas

2018

The world we live in today is not the same anymore. Our earth, our land and our home is leading to a very slow but destructive path; a path that we have created for our Mother Nature. We are not only destroying native life but we are approaching the point of no return. The less we do the more polluted our home becomes. Mother Pollution depicts the results of carbon pollution as it becomes the air we breathe, litter becomes the soil for the roots, plants and trees to bind to and the rubbish bags become a part of the coral and sea. This is the result of our treatment towards our earth, our land and our home.

Breanna Jaworski Year 11, Pimlico State High School

Juste Moi

2018

Mixed media on canvas

Black ink, charcoal and white conté crayon showcase the stunning simplicity of black and white, while their distinctive finishes harmoniously create a unified, yet unique, composition. The black ink splatters in the background create an intriguing, extemporaneous pattern. This artwork on canvas includes diverse animals, symbolically revealing my love for all creatures, to the point of influencing my future aspirations - to become a veterinary nurse. Juste Moi literally translates to ‘just me’, and this artwork expresses my dreams and embodies who I am.

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Bethany Little Year 11, Ryan Catholic College

Forces of Nature [detail] Mixed media on paper

2018

The work captures the elements of fire, earth, wind and water and is indicative of the fragility of nature and yet the strength of nature to overcome destructive forces as well as the certainty of nature to create life through the destructive nature of the decaying process.

Mai Luarca Year 11, Pimlico State High School

Tropical Homeland Acrylic on canvas

2018

This self-portrait painting represents many aspects of my homeland of the Philippines. Tribal clothing shows the culture, while the plants represent the country itself with its famous tourist spots ranging from heritage towns to rainforests and beaches. The girl in the middle is wearing tribal clothing mostly worn during traditional dances and is staring directly at the viewer surrounded by many plants. The colour scheme is of bold harmonious colours to recreate the thriving country.

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Jasmine Mahony Year 11, Pimlico State High School

Talk to Me in the Language of Flowers Digital print on canvas

2018

Talk to Me in the Language of Flowers was created through the use of digital mediums in the program Krita. It represents the struggles to verbally express emotions to other people, as such feelings often seem too intense or dramatic to be put into words, or too perplexing to be properly understood by others or oneself. This in turn limits one’s words to silence, and without the ability of expression itself the imagination of the beholder and reality seem to border on a thinner line initiating the language of flowers to be the rawest form of expression.

Saskia Matheson Year 11, St Margaret Mary's College

Atlantean [detail] Wearable artwork

2018

Atlantean is a wearable art piece that responds to the themes of ocean environments and how pollution and plastics are slowly covering waters and impacting the ecosystems. It uses cardboard, copper wire, fabrics and sushi fish to create a wearable piece of art.

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Alex McCarthy Year 12, William Ross State High School

Shattered

Mixed media

2018

Shattered revolves around the topic of women in the workforce and the protests that helped women today obtain a more equal standing. This work is personal, including a seemingly out of place photograph of my mother among the other elements. I hope to give light to the journey of women's rights and how, because of past struggles, the women I admire have a chance in society.

Erin McConnell Year 11, Pimlico State High School

Transition

2018

Acrylic on canvas

This artwork reflects my past emotional state as I transitioned from childhood to adolescence. The lamb doll, Lamby, is a cherished toy and represents childhood innocence. Similarly, the red glasses (rose-tinted glasses) symbolise seeing the world through the haze of childhood naivety. Thus, as the glasses are being taken off, this gesture implies finally seeing the world for what it is.

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Leonard Najarro Year 12, Kirwan State High School

Express: D

2018

Acrylic paint and graphite on paper

I invite my viewer to look in and I wanted to show people what I have been through. I began painting my artwork with my intention already in my mind. I wanted to show my depression. I decided my composition and thought about how lines and colours could be relatable and then I just let everything, from the paint to the feelings, flow. My images are the glimpses of what I have been through since I came to Australia. From being lonely and depressed, to moving into the happy person that I am today.

Louisse Pammit Year 11, Ryan Catholic College

Growth and Decay Clay sculpture

2018

The sculpture shows the stages of being born, growing and inevitably dying. It shows how humans grow and how they live their life until they become old and slowly decay.

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Jessica Parlon Year 11, St Margaret Mary's College

Flowering Femininity Pencil on paper

2018

My piece is about the exploration of women. My concertina book will take the perceived notions of women in the media and contort them to become something more than an object.

Dane Reid Year 12, Pimlico State High School

Pressured

2018

Acrylic on canvas

Pressured is an overwhelming portrayal of the emotional pressures of worry, wonder and confusion, visually communicated through acrylic on canvas. The harsh reality of a lack of occupations one faces after graduation in a regional city can be strenuous, and causing a lifelessness nature of exhaustion. Pressured is communicated through a socio-cultural context with a surrealism style reflecting the abstract and unfamiliar sites of the ‘bigger picture’ after secondary education. The compelling imagery of a maze focuses primarily on opportunities with the statue weighted by worry being the embodiment of students awaiting graduation, true identity discovery, and the following occupation.

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Chloe Reyne Year 12, William Ross State High School

Memorable View

2018

Mixed media

Inspired by the works of Zhang Huan and George Gittoes, this piece provides a representation of my travels across Australia. The images used represent the iconic landmarks I have seen, and the memorable views that I have witnessed. The choice of media alludes to the fading memories that linger on after the travels have been and gone.

Anna Ta Year 12, Heatley Secondary College

Breaking Point

2018

Watercolour on Paper

Breaking Point is the depiction of people’s complicated emotions, instead of expressing how they feel, they stay silent for many reasons. It could be because of anxiety, fear or anything that can justify their distancing and because of that, they reach to their breaking point. Breaking Point is represented through a girl who seems flawless; her break down shown through the cracks all over her body and face. She asks anyone who notices to be silent through a gesture about the situation whilst she drowns in the empty dark blue space.

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Natalie Teece Year 12, Annandale Christian College

A product of each other Charcoal

2018

This self-portrait portrays the ability of others to influence one’s identity - from family members, and friends to the person you walked past on the street. The hands represent those people. Some are shown pulling and grabbing. Others, encouraging and steadying as they mould my identity. Different people can have different impressions on you, influencing you in different ways, positive or negative. Be wary about how you might be moulding the people around you and who might be moulding you!

Amy Tomlinson Year 12, Ayr State High School

Self Identity - Li Cunxin Mixed media and collage

2018

The true identity of people is often overshadowed by past experiences. This work of Li Cunxin displays his strength of purpose and identifies with his cultural heritage. His solo career in dance particularly ballet grew from his determination and passion which enabled him to shape his existence and be true to his own identity and true to those he could inspire.

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Marie Walker Year 12, St Margaret Mary's College

Downfall

2018

Paper collage on board

Downfall, as a series, tells the story of humanity’s path of self-destruction, as demonstrated through continued historic events. Time and time again, the human race has shown its downfall through the existence of war, betrayal, murder and oppression. The printed images have been composed to provide an aesthetic and meaningful collage of the effects these events have on humanity. Shape and space were important elements of design in my work, as they help convey the relationship between the 'cause' and 'effect' of each event on the downfall of the human race.

Eboni Webb Year 12, Home Hill State High School

Because of her I can

2018

Block ink, wood, house paint

There is so much that modern day women can do due to the women before them. I wanted to explore the achievements of women from the past and bring them into the foreground.

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Karina Wilson Year 12, St Margaret Mary's College

Going Back to my Roots

Acrylic on canvas

2018

My work, Going Back to my Roots, portrays how an individual’s spiritual identity is evidence of where we have come from; our roots. I am fascinated with the idea that all living organisms are created from stardust matter, and I wished to incorporate this into my artwork. Going on a search for our identity enables us to discover who we are and why we exist. Thus, becoming aware of our past and our roots.

Melanie Youman Year 12, Heatley Secondary College

Rose Coloured

Oil on canvas board

2018

The piece Rose Coloured is a surreal, altered reality work. The oil painting was originally inspired by the details of old-style Victorian dresses, and the idea of blooming into a new world made of the imagination of sole inhabitant. The woman features a pale diadem to represent her ruling authority but in return for her power fine brambles that come out of the details of her dresses midsection have pricked her finger and drew blood, in similar style to the fairytale of sleeping beauty. The woman is coming out of a flower to represent her re-birth and to show the difference between the real world and her fantasy world full of roses.

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Flip BOOK over for

North Queensland regional exhibition 2018 24


ANNABEL WRIGHT

Year 12, Pimlico State High School

The Pathway to World War III [detail] Mixed media on board

2018

This artwork, titled The Pathway to World War III, explores the focus of Sites of War within historical and socio-cultural contexts. The wooden graves amongst the poppies symbolise the birth of the ANZACS and with it the glorification of war. In contrast, the pain and wide scale suffering of World War II is encapsulated in the trenches and barbed wire. In the centre is our future, the threat of nuclear war looming over an ignorant world. The overall message of the artwork cautions the viewer to reassess the true nature of war and urges them to advocate for peace.

SARAH WRIGHT

Year 12, Pimlico State High School

Age and Decay [detail] Acrylic on canvas

2018

This artwork titled Age and Decay explores the focus of ‘sites of perception and change’ within a socio-cultural context. The message that is visually communicated is the thought that it is our experiences throughout our lives that alter the way we perceive the world around us. As you move from left to right the people have less experience and memories, and as a result the house they see is less clouded by embellishments. The overall purpose of this artwork is to provoke thought on how age affects perception and to aid peoples’ understanding of each other. 15


TATENDA TAPOTA

Year 11, St Margaret Mary's College

A Scene In Nature Mixed media

2018

A Scene in Nature is a design that was created in response to the given task which was to create wearable art inspired by the forest, ocean and other environments. Three pieces inspired by nature were designed and the final design was chosen as it best represents what nature means to me. The work represents the simplicity and beauty that is found in nature.

MONIQUE WARDE

Year 12, St Patrick's College Townsville

Gender Wars Photographic

2018

The concept for this body of work was gender and this work focusses on the idea that we place different jobs, roles and stereotypes on each gender. Often this involves an idea of 'one for all' such as the colours pink and blue. I wanted to make a war scene that challenges stereotypes of gender and what a war zone looks like. The images were also especially poignant to me as my father has had first hand experience in desert war zones in his job and I wanted to capture a sense of that environment. 14


TENISHA SOLOMON

Year 12, Blackheath and Thornburgh College

My Imagined World

2018

Facepainting, photography, watercolour, acrylic painting and collage layered and edited in Photoshop to create digital artworks

I have interpreted the concept of Transitions in the Physical Environment to take a subject and locate it in a digitally altered world of my own imagination. I’ve incorporated face painted patterns, inspired by my own and other traditional cultural pattern making, and transformed people’s faces and changed their physical appearance. I then took photographs of the transformed people, and relocated them from their normal everyday life into an invented landscape of acrylic and watercolor painting and collage to create a patterned universe. The combination of these different aspects has led me to produce this fantastic digital world.

OLIVIA STOCKER

Year 11, St Margaret Mary's College

Forest Creature Mixed media

2018

My name is Olivia Stocker and I am currently studying as a year 11 student at St Margaret Mary's College. School has taught me many techniques, helping me to create the best art piece and helping me to show the theme of forest in the best way. The main story behind my art piece is to create the idea of a tree.

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MATILDA (TILLY-BELLE) ROBINSON Year 12, Townsville Grammar School

Brother

2018

Oil paint on canvas

I’ve never been a big fan of putting artist’s statements along with my work. I like to think my work can just be enjoyed, that people can connect to it without a paragraph about how it means something special. My picture is of my brother, painted from a photo I took after a day at the beach. I painted it because I wanted to. I feel like trying to say anything more about it will remove some of the ambiguity, the connection you can get from it by trying to figure out the person within it for yourself.

MAKENNA SHORT

Year 12, Townsville Grammar School

Men Do Not Cry

2018

Watercolour, gouache and charcoal on paper

My inspiration for this watercolour painting was generated from my study of feminism and the concept of masculinity and femininity. It is representative of the constraints placed on men in this ever changing world and how societal expectations implore men to bottle up their emotions; to not cry. I believe that this is a very important topic as it should be noted that feminism speaks for all genders. I have chosen to highlight the well-known stereotype ‘men don’t cry’, hoping to invoke an understanding and acceptance of all emotions in all genders.

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LAURA PASTEGA

Year 12, The Cathedral School of St Anne and St James

Facade

Acrylic paint

2018

A facade is a deceptive outward appearance, that corrupts the reality of objects. Every day, individuals put on a mask to hide the undeniable feelings encased inside of us. This piece resembles the emotions running beneath the surface which include the pressures of reality, a constant battle to perfection as well as the laughter of our childhood selves that has been lost. However, the people surrounding us are only able to see the brave face we put on. This cover up keeps reality inside of us all, unless one chooses to look closer.

BROOKE RANKIN

Year 12, Pimlico State High School

Young Explorer Short film

2018

This short film explores ‘childhood imagination and aspiration’ and the importance of nurturing children’s dreams. Firstly, a young boy full of wonder, is juxtaposed by his grown adult self who is seen despondent and unhappy. Next, the boy is shown in his adolescent years, still aspiring to be an astronaut, yet also beginning to have doubts. The climax features the boy having a choice to give in to his doubts, or continue to dream about bigger and better things. The visuals within this artwork are supported with a voice over narrative, and an original soundtrack composed by Ross Bugden. 11


CHLOE MCGUIRE

Year 11, Southern Cross Catholic College

The Plight

2018

Mixed media on canvas

This painting is a representation of the American Indian people, focusing on the resilience and bravery each tribe showed. Tribes had to battle upon European arrival - resulting in numerous deaths. The focal point is the masculine headpiece with symbols intertwined, creating symbolic meanings. It is faceless because of the loss of identity females in particular underwent. The rose was to represent beauty and femininity amongst the masculinity while the moon and stars represent new beginnings, turning dreams into reality and importance. The butterfly was placed to show the resilience all members of the tribe faced.

JOSIE MCKELLAR

Year 12, All Souls St Gabriels School

Through the looking glass

2018

Furniture, crockery, books, board games, clothing, sporting equipment, string

As humans, our appearance often reflects our age. Our wrinkles deepen, our hair silvers and our skin turns to leather. Much like us, the objects we own do the same. My mother spent most of her life collecting old styled furniture. Many were often lacking in the ability to function due to age and damage. The majority of their time with my family was served in storage with promises of being restored to their former glory. The structure of this artwork foregrounds both the positive and negative space created by the strategic placement of individual items and their value.

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AMELIA LOGAN

Year 12, All Souls St Gabriels School

Destruction of Ourselves

2018

Digitally enhanced image, LED, plastic flowers, computer keys, plastic pipe, pixels

The focus of my artwork captures the negative side of how time has and will affect technology. The linear placement of my photographs suggests the deterioration and decay of society over time. Generations now and upcoming are wholly integrated with technology. Destruction of Ourselves will remind the audience just how powerful our devices are and how easy it is to lose touch with the real world.

STEPHANIE MCDOUGALL Year 12, St Patrick's College Townsville

Four

2018

Collagraphic prints

Four is a series of prints that I made examining the surface of golf balls. Through these images I wanted to explore gender, and gender stereotypes. I myself am a keen golfer, but there is still some strong gender association with some sports and in particular the idea that 'men' play golf. The golf balls themselves are quite decorative and became like mini landscapes or worlds. I wanted to explore the notion of femininity by using the imagery of golf balls to create pattern and suggest a decorative element.

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EMMA KRIS

Year 12, St Patrick's College Townsville

Cross Cultures

2018

Lino printed fabric, crinoline hoop, shell headpiece

My piece represents fashion from the 1800's and incorporates Torres Strait design. Each element of the dress was hand printed and painted. My dress shows two cultures that conflicted, however now the Torres Strait design and flora and fauna is taking over. This represents us taking our culture back.

MONNIQUE LAMB

Year 12, St Margaret Mary's College

Void

2018

Acrylic on canvas

Void reflects existence and society's use of social media as a way of identifying human emotion, through a dismal urban setting. The hard lines of the buildings, along with the dull colours, patterns and repetition of the figures, all contribute to the lifeless setting. The painting is a statement about how sterile society has become. The popularity of apps and social media has changed the identity of society, turning people into detached identities, removed from one another, even though they share the same physical space. Instead, they share and experience emojis across social media, always looking down into the void. 8


LIBBY HAWKEN

Year 12, Kirwan State High School

Stop And Smell The Roses Oil, ink and watercolour

2018

As an aspiring artist, my artwork is my depiction of how the crystallisation of your own and others’ thoughts may seem unintentionally harmless on the surface, but is a torturous, suffocating tension within, just like a rose bed. This piece is a focus on my personal experiences, however the concept can be subjective according to your experiences. The thoughts of others influences us greatly and slowly builds tension, awaiting eruption. Viewers see the perfectly groomed side of Stop And Smell The Roses as people do every day, trying to conceal the true picture that lies beneath.

STELLA HERING

Year 12, Kirwan State High School

Insightful Reflections Mixed media installation

2018

Without a vine, there can be no cocoon. Without a cocoon, there can be no butterfly. The metaphor of life here is a narrative about personal growth. Through this artwork, I am crystallising an exploration of my time from a young baby to an ‘almost’ school leaver in the form of a three-stage creation. The areas all flow together from the canvas to the butterfly to reveal, insightfully, that all expectations are good and that despite any struggle that I may believe I have had this year, the future is looking wonderful. 7


ZOE GODFREY

Year 12, All Souls St Gabriels School

Skinriched and HomeFleshed [detail]

2018

Acetate, vellum, wax, crackle medium, clear varnish, ink, oil, shellac, natural objects and fibre

By layering my images, I created the effect of skin. I wanted to portray my home in a way that illustrates while it will not always be permanent, the images conveyed in my artwork and my mind have no expiration date. Through the use of both the layers of colour, images, along with alternating the paper used, I was able to demonstrate that the landscapes will change, and each persons’ perception will be different. People can change how they appear or how they are viewed, but we can’t change our skin. We cannot change who or what we are.

PIPPA HAUPT

Year 12, The Cathedral School of St Anne and St James

Inside Outside

2018

Acrylic and metallic paints, fake florals on canvas

It's a representation of repression, whether it be creative or emotional or any other kind, it's been made intentionally ambiguous so the observer can have their own ideas about how it relates to them. Simply, everyone represses something and it's always trying to re-emerge. The woman in the painting is represented in three parts - Mind, Body and Soul, indictated by her disfigured 'ocean swell' head, her figure; body and skeleton, and the florals symbolizing her 'repressions', as well as three brush strokes for each part, painted across from her. The closer you look, the more you see.

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MATILDA DUNCAN

Year 12, The Cathedral School of St Anne and St James

Transient

Acrylic paint

2018

The figure chosen was designed to be fairly delicate, sinking in the water as an allegory for a feeling of loneliness. The water is symbolic of life and fate and their tendency to pull us around in unexpected directions, hold us up or sometimes let us sink. At the top of the canvas, the scene seems to be melting, which was initially accidental, but I liked it so it stayed. Its meaning later developed to represent the feeling of being lost, watching things dissolve around you.

CRYSTAL FRANKLIN Year 12, Kirwan State High School

Shattered Cultures

2018

Oil, watercolour, ink, shattered glass, photo transfer

Shattered Cultures embodies the insight into a girl who wants to be another culture than her own, but is shunned by societal expectations to uphold and respect your own background. Physically, the girl is being consumed by a crystallisation that reveals herself as another culture beneath. Metaphorically, it’s about her realising the truth of who she wants her identity to be. It is shattering from the insideout from the strain and pressure of society. People must reconsider the possibility of being another culture because it’s no different to the successful movements of gender and sexuality. 5


KARLA DESTÉFANI

Year 12, Pimlico State High School

The Beholder Mixed media

2018

The Beholder is a sculpture designed to bring positive attention to the roleplaying game ‘Dungeons and Dragons’. The game is heavily ridiculed and for some, this results in a need to hide the hobby. The head is coated in character sheets and the back transforms into a D20, a common dice used within the game. Inside of the head is a mythical world consisting of a dragon, waterfalls and dwarven temple. Within the temple is a small heart-shaped artefact which is lit up from within. This artefact represents the unnoticed need of acceptance for this form of escapism.

CAITLIN DOBBIE

Year 12, William Ross State High School

Techno Babe Digital print

2018

In todays society everything is generated with the use of technology and this has become a huge part of an individual identity, with a wide range of people incorporating it in daily life routines. Techno Babe is a digital collage representing human’s relationship with technology, including social media. My piece incorporates both wearable art and digital technology to make a statement about technology and nature.

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DANIELLE CLOWES

Year 11, Southern Cross Catholic College

Spanish Dancer

Mixed media on canvas

2018

This painting is a representation of the Spanish culture, and focuses on the famous Spanish Dance, Flamenco. Dancers use different types of emotional themes such as, romance and comfort to choreograph their dancers to music. After further research into the Spanish background, it shows how dancers originally used no music and only clapped their hands to the beat. The focal point of the painting is the red dress, the vibrant colour of red exhibits the qualities of the passion in which the dancers used to hypnotize the audience.

CHLOE DAY

Year 12, Ingham State High School

Memory Lane

2018

Ceramics, stencil paper, 200gsm black cartridge, freestanding battery operated LED lights, 7 plinths, assorted sizes and heights

Memory Lane, A response to the concept of Youth from a personal frame. I am what defines youth to me, a time of freedom with safety rails. My work suggests naive imagination without a care in the world. It’s about the years I’ve already lived. Seven lanterns illuminate silhouettes of the memories I hold in my heart that have influenced who I am today. The smaller lanterns are moments, and the bigger ones are people or situations. These are placed on spaced plinths in a darkened area to allow the viewer to walk down memory lane with me. 3


MADISON BOURNE

Year 11, Southern Cross Catholic College

Lilith

2018

Ink, charcoal and pastel on canvas

Before Adam and Eve, there was Adam and Lilith. Lilith was to be a submissive woman for Adam, but she was banished and rejected by God after it was found that she was stronger and more intelligent than Adam and that she would not obey the commands of Adam. After Lilith was banished she was cursed with infertility and cast out as a demon, and in her own vengeance took to killing children. The artwork signifies the submissive Lilith reaching out to embrace what is considered ‘demon' and ‘evil’ Lilith. It is very Ying Yang. Good verses evil.

LAUREN CLARKE

Year 11, St Patrick's College Townsville

Reality of the Corset Wax and paper sculpture

2018

This piece is representative of the distortion and disfigurement caused to women's bodies during the 1800's and other periods in history. The wax corset shields images of distorted ribs, the damaged spine and organs as they are crushed from the pressure of the boned garment. I wanted the sculpture to be discreet in this representation, with the damage only appearing strongest as light projects through the form.

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ERIN BIDEWELL

Year 12, All Souls St Gabriels School

How much we see

2018

Acrylic paint, cotton duck canvas

Over the centuries artists have poured their hearts and souls into their works. Very rarely, however, do we get to see the experiences that influence these works and the efforts that go into creating them. My work explores the artist experience, specifically in relation to the theme space as a term describing existence. I find the human face to be a meaningful symbol of existence - particularly the eye, the supposed “window to the soul". It is my hope that the audience will contemplate their own existence; what they choose to reveal to others; as well as their own perspectives.

ZACK BLAD

Year 12, Kirwan State High School

Mental Capacity (The Absence, The Fear, The Void) Acrylic on board

2018

My artworks aims to explore my personal experience and insight into the variety of mental disorders that coexists within many people. This theme overall expresses my own perspective on the mental disorders of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), Anxiety, and Bipolar disorder to allow the insight of the audience into my very own mind. This is to express the concerns that these are the things that control us in our everyday lives and these conditions may not be obvious but they are still very much still there, right beneath the surface.

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Department of Education and Training

Introduction The Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art recognises and promotes excellence in senior visual art education throughout state and non-state schools in Queensland. Now in its 28th year, the program has helped raise community awareness of the degree of sophistication in concepts, diversity of technical competence, and the high standard of visual art education in Queensland secondary schools. This year 11 schools have entered artworks by 30 students that form the exhibition in Pinnacles Gallery. This publication features the artworks of the talented young artists who have entered the Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art North Queensland regional exhibition 2018.


Publisher Galleries, Townsville City Council PO Box 1268 Townsville, Queensland 4810 Australia pinnacles@townsville.qld.gov.au (07) 4773 8871 © Galleries, Townsville City Council and the authors 2018 Exhibition organised by GALLERIES Jonathan McBurnie Lucy Belle Tesoriero Claire Griffiths Sarah Reddington Nicole Richardson Rachel Cunningham Amy Licciardello Erwin Cruz Emily Donaldson Leonardo Valero Stephanie Smith Tanya Tanner Jake Pullyn Michael Favot Chloe Lindo Wendy Bainbridge Jo Lankester

Creative Director Curatorial Assistant Senior Education and Programs Officer Education and Programs Officer Education and Programs Assistant Gallery Assistant Business Support Officer Senior Exhibitions Officer Exhibitions Officer Exhibitions Officer Collections Management Officer Public Art Officer Gallery Assistant Gallery Assistant Gallery Assistant Gallery Assistant Gallery Assistant

Published on the occasion of the exhibition

North Queensland regional exhibition 2018

Pinnacles Gallery 29 September – 28 October 2018

Gallery Acknowledgements Galleries would like to acknowledge the generous support and assistance of the Department of Education, Training and Employment, Queensland Government, QSuper, and Townsville City Council. The Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art would like to thank Program Partner QSuper for their support and for supplying the Regional Encouragement Award prize. A special thank you to Michael Pope, Regional Coordinator for Creative Generation Excellence in Visual Art. Thank you also to all participating schools, teachers and student artists: • • • • • • • • • • •

All Souls St Gabriel's School Blackheath and Thornburgh College Ingham State High School Kirwan State High School Pimlico State High School Southern Cross Catholic College St Margaret Mary's College St Patrick's College Townsville The Cathedral School of St Anne and St James Townsville Grammar School illiam Ross State High School W

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Pinnacles Gallery 29 September – 28 October 2018

North Queensland regional exhibition 2018

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Catalogue North Queensland regional exhibition 2018

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