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Kyra Gilfillan

Woolooware High School

Immersion and Fragmentation

Painting, acrylic paint, impasto paste

My work aims to display the freedom that water enables. A weightlessness which allows shapes and lines to become fluid, as does a body in water, this is what I've aimed to achieve in my artworks.  I explored the idea that water is a representation of life, as life can be fraught with pain, hurt and emotional isolation so if it was at all possible to glide through these moments like water, being fragmented and changed but without absorbing the trauma, would be ideal. I investigated concepts of a reflected and fragmented image as swimming was a major part of my upbringing, which allowed me to understand life underwater, the freedom it allows as well as the beautiful yet distorted images it can create depending on depth and light. The making of my work included hundreds of images that my mum took of me swimming and posing in and out of water. Myself being the subject allows my relation with water and the freedom and expression I feel when in it to be portrayed on a artistic scale.

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