Top Arts 2013

Image: A depiction of Andrea Italia Image: A depiction of Andrea Italia

Sarah Ujmaia
A depiction of Andrea Italia

charcoal and graphite
200.0 x 120.4 cm (sheet)
Studio Arts
St Monica's College, Epping
Walt Whitman once wrote, 'The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.' Of all the subject matter I have ever drawn to date as an artist, I have found the most interest in capturing the identity and eccentricity of a person. It’s an oxymoron really, because I don’t think there is anything more simple, yet complex. The way each and every one of us is completely unique and holds such depth of character which classifies us as individuals, yet at the end of the day, when it comes down to it we are all the same. We are all human. Humans who feel and love and hurt and breathe. This is a depiction of one human, of whom no other person will ever be like.
Advice to new students
Choose a theme and art form you really feel passionately about. The more passion you have for what you are producing the better your final product will be and you will feel a larger sense of accomplishment upon completion. Try your best to not doubt yourself or your abilities because it can be the difference between achieving something good or achieving something great. Set high but achievable goals in the time frame you have, and always remain true to yourself as an artist even when the course requires you to explore and experiment different pathways and possibilities. Go beyond the minimal amount of potential directions required if you feel like you haven’t found the idea you want to pursue, but don’t try and force non progressive thoughts into your folio. Most importantly, annotate everything as soon as you have done it, as that is when it is the freshest in your mind and when you will write the best analysis and reflections.