Top Arts 2013

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Sarah McDonald
Metamorphosis

collograph and chine collé on canvas
(1-14) 68.0 x 89.0 cm (overall)
VCE Art
Loreto College Ballarat
The small worlds of insects and bugs which continues to turn beneath our feet, I feel is a testamant to life, as it embodies the continuous cycle of birth, life, death, decay and rebirth. By using shellac etching plates and a collograph plate which I produced myself, I was able to capture the earthy and hidden beauty of nature which tends to escape us in our hectic, self-obsessed lives. I was particularly inspired by Australian artists such as Brett Whiteley and Heather Shimmen, who heavily focus on nature and it’s hidden beauty.
Advice to new students
As always, start the folio as early as possible, doing sketches and collecting inspiration materials is a good place to start. Do not stress if you have not locked in a theme or main idea by the start of the year or even by second or third term- these sort of things take time and as you develop your folio, the idea will naturally arise. Most importantly, one must always pursue an idea in art that has significant meaning personally, as this forms the basis on which to form aesthetically pleasing and meaningful works.