STUDIO ART, PHOTOGRAPHY
Student’s develop skills and an understanding of materials and techniques while trialling artistic practices. Student’s learn how to discuss meanings and messages in artworks and discover how the arts industry is structured.
One key component of the studies, is to complete a progressive folio and final artworks completed in the student’s chosen medium.
We hope you enjoy these artworks.
AMOS ADAMS JONES
My final artwork is based on my overall concept of Melbourne culture. To communicate this I chose to portray Melbourne culture through the lens of public transport as I believe the PTV system is a unique and iconic aspect of Melbourne. “9:01 Flinders” was taken with a slow shutter speed and wide aperture to illustrate the motion blur technique that communicates the idea of juxtaposition between the chaos of the train and the silence and darkness of the train side at night time. To create this piece, I used Adobe Photoshop to duplicate, flip and layer the image with different opacity levels to achieve further blur and chaos.
My artwork ‘Araujo’ was created to uncover the part question “what makes you, you?” I wanted to focus on physical appearances, specifically the extent to which it can be influenced by genetics. I titled my artwork ‘Araujo’ as it is my mother’s surname and the subjects of the video are me, my mother and my two sisters; therefore the Araujo family. By creating a video of us rapidly alternating, I was able to clearly see the various amount of similarities we all share. I also incorporated moments into the video where we all stared into the camera for a few seconds with a straight face In order to enable audiences to take a moment to clearly see and analyse our features individually. I was actually quite surprised by the outcome of my final, as before completing this artwork I never thought that me and my family members looked that similar. However, I can now see that although we may not look similar individually, when compared our features are almost identical. My artwork therefore reveals that genetics play a much larger role in our appearances that it initially seems.
My artwork is meant to represent what you can discover and see if you explore the Australian landscape, for this artwork our vast and magnificent coastline. I believe that the best our country has to offer is found in our less populated hidden places, known to locals but hidden from others and this clearly depicts my vision of this. The artwork aims to evoke a sense of warmth from the sunset’s light & colours to the cold bitterness of the rocks and ocean where the sunlight is blocked and the colours are bleak.
Artworks from the series Love Stories
This series explores my interpretation of music. I used specific songs as stimulus to metaphorically represent the lyrics and visually communicate the atmosphere of the songs. The purpose of this series is to communicate how human experience is connected through the universal experiences shared through music, reflecting the positive relationship that people share with pop culture.
Artworks from the series
Once Upon A Time…
My artwork is a series of photographs titled Once Upon a Time… These photographs explore the horrific origins of urban legends and fairytales, which so often deviate from the original stories. The children’s stories on which I was raised such as Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood, and Sleeping Beauty, have malevolent undertones of which young readers are unaware.
This piece represents the eccentricity of Melbourne city.
The design is about portraying the actions of football through the use of combining photographic and design techniques.
the digital girls
My artwork ‘the digital girls’ is a zine, created to capture the adolescent experience specifically of the 90s and 2000s. I wanted to achieve an online call between three teenage girls who were experiencing their adolescence. I wanted my viewers to feel they were getting a glimpse of this call, and feel they were a part of it. I chose to make a zine to show an amateur style of collaged images that were mixed with different materials to create texture and depth.
Passing of time
I am fascinated by the concept of the passing of time and wanted to focus my artwork on communicating the idea of how people’s appearances change and develop overtime. This artwork displays how one person has changed from when they were younger to what they look like now.
This year, I explored the idea of movement. I created this piece to convey the idea of an emotional breakdown and how it turmoils as the person slowly unravels. My artwork is arranged as 4 separate photographs in a singular line to enhance the idea of movement through not only motion blur but also the positioning of the images with no gaps, which creates a narrative that demonstrates how emotions move, change and have the ability to and quickly unravel a person.
My intention for this artwork was to show that fears and phobias can affect anyone no matter how random and obscure the phobia is.
SOPHIA LE MARQUAND
Body image has such a major impact on females and plays such a big role in today’s society with the stigma of being ‘skinny’ and a size 6. Women are focusing on what other people look like and comparing themselves with other people that they forget to take time to consider and value inner beauty.
This year my topic was communication. I explored human communication and the way we interact with our pets. These photographs symbolise how much we love our pets, and how much we need them, especially in these COVID times. The black and white highlights the raw emotions between the subjects, and the addition of the fabric represents the homely comfort of being with our pets.
The Adolescent Revolution
My artwork is a visual interpretation of the chaotic and revolutionary nature of adolescence. It features a series of 17 images mounted on 12-inch vinyl record jackets accompanied by a record player. This interactive piece encourages viewers to sift through the records, taking in each ‘album cover’ as though they were in a record shop or looking through their own personal collection to select one to play. This marriage of music to adolescence stems from my perception of adolescence as being like a record or music; it revolves, evolves, moves and progresses; it is chaotic and full of change, colour and emotion – as is a teenager. I employed a range of psychedelic and kaleidoscopic projections to convey this chaos, change and emotion.
In my untitled series of t-shirts I wanted to capture the tension of our teenage years. Adolescence feels as though it is suspended between the innocence of childhood and responsibility of adulthood, while feeling distant from both. My work attempts to unpack what I see to be the two conflicting sides of youth: the seriousness of finding one’s place in the world and the carefree side that is commonly commercialised. Using fashion as a way to characterize the latter, these wearable artworks are an expression of the confusing and challenging place between who we were and who we are becoming.
I wanted to focus on how our perception and the way our view of ourselves can be distorted both literally and figuratively. This can end up being perceived though a person’s body image, as many people compare themselves to someone who looks different, often idolising unattainable physical attributes.
Distorted Memories displays a narrative of outgrowing and losing the memories of youth. I delve deep into my personal experiences of childhood and the drastic changes that occur. The image features characteristics of surrealism such as the changing substance of the books and eyes of the teddy bear, which appear as though they are melting into the space around them. This visual distortion is a symbol of how overtime memories of childhood alter and fade. The use of a limited colour palette creates a juxtaposition with the idea of youth being colourful, carefree and fun.
Through these photographs I aim to give you an opportunity to see into my head, perceive my memories and experience my nostalgia. We all remember our experiences differently and this is a look into the memories that are my own. The artwork is an interactive piece, requiring the audience to pick up and look through the view master.