START UP: Top Arts 2014

Image: Sam winch Image: Sam winch

Eleni Diamantis
Sam winch

white pencil on black paper
95.2 x 71.5 cm (comp), 98.0 x 73.0 cm (sheet)
Studio Arts
Star of the Sea College, Brighton

Masking is often by choice, however others do not have a say. We come across masking in our everyday life, in some cases it is obvious and others it is hidden. Masking can range from something depicted on the surface to something obscured inside, behind a shield. It can be something emotional, psychological, physical or cultural. In this work, the human face is shown as entrapped and compressed, using the ribbon as a tool to wrap the face and squeeze it; showing what this feeling looks like physically. I hoped to produce a captivating, inspiring work, which displays the natural, emotional, and disguised aspects of masking, and highlights the ways in which people in our current world mask themselves.

My advice to future students...

Don’t give up! In the end hard work pays off and completing something you are proud of is the best feeling. Work hard and keep picturing what you want the end result to look like. You will be more disappointed knowing you could’ve done better than actually putting in your best effort at the time.