START UP: Top Arts 2014

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Kate Ferrari
Close up

colour inkjet prints
(1) 50.7 × 85.0 cm (image and sheet); (2) 58.5 × 80.5 cm (image and sheet)
Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School, Ivanhoe
I wanted to capture the beauty and the fierce nature of cars. Their highly polished painted bodies are symbolic of the reflection and purity of the natural elements that surround them. These inkjet print images emphasise the metallic paint and the reflective surfaces on cars. I took the images from different angles to highlight the fine detailing and streamline qualities of the cars.

My advice to future students...

If there was one thing I learnt last year, it was to never give up or lose faith in your work. Too often I would find myself throwing artwork away that I didn’t like or didn’t think was good enough to put in my folio. Just keep going with it. Try not to doubt yourself or your abilities because it could be the difference between achieving something good or achieving something amazing. Don’t be afraid to colour outside the lines a little either. I found it so much easier to keep an open mind and explore broad concepts throughout the year, rather than restricting myself to a particular theme. Take plenty of photos of anything and everything. It’s good to have a continuous source of inspiration and ideas that you can always refer back to.

Finally, remember to have fun! Doing a folio subject can sometimes become very stressful and overwhelming, especially if you decide to do two, as I did. Just try to maintain a positive outlook and take each step at a time. The final product is well worth it and so rewarding in the end.