Four Goondiwindi State High School students have been recognised amongst their Queensland peers for their outstanding entries in the Creative Generations Art Excellence Awards in Visual Arts.
Goondiwindi State High School entered works from four Year 12 Visual Art students into this year’s competition and all entries received awards at the regional level, building on the school’s long history of participation and success in the history of the competition.
The school’s success is highlighted by the fact that only seven awards were given.
Isabella Lloyd received a Certificate of Commendation for her work ‘Durrian,’ a photograph of a performance piece. Isabella said ‘Durrian is an indigenous word meaning message stick and the line of burnt sticks is a provocative message highlighting the burning of cultural identity.”
This year’s Encouragement Award was presented to Aleea Pasana for her digital work ‘Matthew Chapter 25: Verse 41’ which she said “portrays internal conflicts between desires for material luxuries versus evangelical beliefs.”
Natalie Smith and Madison Troughton received two of the three Excellence Awards for their entries.
Natalie entered a digitally manipulated photograph titled ‘Sick Love.’ Natalie describes her piece as “an oxymoron for ‘lovesick’ representing relationship decay. Materials such as a wedding dress, bouquet of flowers and rust medium contextualise decaying love through degrading, tearing apart and straining processes. Entrapment is symbolised using superimposed Photo Shop figures and an appropriated muslin mask form Magritte's ‘Lovers’ referencing suffocation. The hybridised forms unsettle the viewer as they express dual emotions and consequences when love in a relationship decays and consequently upend’s ones feelings. This performance piece is ironically performed as a wedding shoot but is photographed as an obituary to a dying relationship.”
Madison entered a digital image of a sculpture titled ‘Detached’ and muses “The muslin pod-like soft sculptures are an extended metaphor for protection and my health as well as being a symbol of my childhood.”
While all four students have recently had their artworks on display in the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Natalie and Madison’s works will be exhibited in Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) later this year.
“The students give a great deal of time and energy to their art, as do our teachers, Mrs Lesley Hawker and Mrs Cathy Woods, who are regularly helping students after school during ‘art studios’. Their commitment to student excellence is evident in the reputation the art program our school has” Principal Mr Brett Hallett said.