Top Arts 2013

Image: Dear Mum (Drága ági) Image: Dear Mum (Drága ági)

Annie Girdwood
Dear Mum (Drága ági)

cut type C photograph collage abd brush and ink
25.1 x 26.5 cm irreg. (image), 65.0 x 50.0 cm (sheet)
Studio Arts
University High School, Parkville

Within the theme, 'Ageing', I explored the significance of memories and family and used the doily pattern to conjure up a warm, nostalgic mood. The collaged photos, which feature shots from my childhood, represent the importance of reflecting on the past as we age and the old hands convey a sense of pride in the familial images they hold. Through the use of paper-cut techniques I developed the interwoven threads of a doily: a metaphor for the bonds and connections formed with people and places as we age.

Threads

cut type C photograph collage abd brush and ink
25.1 x 26.5 cm irreg. (image), 65.0 x 50.0 cm (sheet)

Dear Mum (Drága ági)

cut type C photograph and graph paper collage and brush and ink
38.0 x 29.0 cm irreg. (image), 70.0 x 50.0 cm (sheet)

Advice to new students
Choose a theme that you have a strong connection to or passion for, no matter how esoteric or everyday it may be. When you are engaged and deeply involved in your topic, it won’t feel like a formulaic or forced school subject! When I had a revelation, new ideas or directions to take my work in, I was overcome with that excitement of possibility - and having an individualised theme is key to that satisfaction.

If you’re not enjoying it, stop and check why. Naturally, gruelling over annotations or writing long evaluation statements is not strictly enjoyable, but if the art itself is leaving you disinterested or uninspired then change something! The course generally doesn’t permit you to change your theme drastically (from painting photorealist butterflies to drawing abstracted cubist figures, for example) but if you are able to justify and explain your train of thought to a related new direction, don’t feel too confined in June by what you said you would do in February.