Art Rules 2018
9 Dec 2017 - 21 Jan 2018
This exhibition features the best of Higher School Certificate artwork from the St George and Sutherland Shire districts.
This year’s Art Rules exhibition presents the talents of 21 young local artists who will showcase their work in this annual exhibition of HSC art, using their work to tackle the contemporary social and political issues of refugees, gender inequality, environmental destruction, religion, extinction, cultural determinism and dyslexia.
Claire Schanzer, from St George Christian School, in her drawing What She Could Be 2017 explores the tension between an imagined and realistic life for Mona, a 5 year old Syrian refugee. With the current political climate, wars continue to leave families homeless and searching for a safe and secure place for refuge. All potential for a hopeful and joyful life is torn down, when their cries for help are ignored by individuals and governments together. The dichotomy between the limitless potential of an Australian born child’s life and the darker reality for a child refugee is symbolised through the contrastingly coloured and monochrome palettes. This work brings to light the largely overlooked and forgotten impact asylum rejection has upon individuals, the refugee’s childhoods and futures of refugee generations to come.
Anthony Pham from Sydney Technical High School also tackles issues of refugees in his work The Journey 2017, which conveys the long, tiring journey of his father from Vietnam to Australia by boat. His personal experiences and emotions are packed into a set of lino prints, each depicting one of many significant events that defined his journey. Anthony had no idea of what his father went through until he simply just asked. Then and there his father recounted everything, from leaving the docks of his hometown Long Xuyên to being rejected by the government from going to France. Anthony has written a sentence on each print briefly describing the event based on his father’s journey. Any refugee or any hard-working person who works tirelessly for a new and better life can relate to these experiences and hardships.
Claudia Taylor from St Patrick’s College Sutherland confronts gender inequality in her work A bit awkward – a glass ceiling 2017. Claudia explores the "glass ceiling effect" that exists within modern society, by drawing various figures who are significant to her, and have been subject to inequality due to gender imbalance. The pressing nature of glass has been used to symbolise a ‘physical barrier’ which restricts women from excelling within the workplace. "A girl’s confidence plummets during puberty". By drawing the youngest character free from physical restriction, she endeavours to emphasise the power of innocence, removing a sense of insecurity that is present for mature women.
Art Rules features works from schools in the Sutherland Shire and St George areas.
Image: Claire Schanzer, St George Christian School, What She Could Be 2017 (detail). Drawing graphite, charcoal, coloured pencil, watercolour, 75 x 222 cm.