START UP: Top Arts 2014

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Claire Kopietz

colour DVD, sound
2 min 52 sec
Studio Arts
Warrandyte High School, Warrandyte

My art has been heavily influenced by the recent loss of two beloved grandfathers. Family history resonates throughout my work, as well as inspiration from contemporary artists, in particular William Kentridge and Regina Pessoa.

I am fascinated by the way film has multiple dimensions and ability to explore time, motion, sequence and sound in various capacities. My primary intention was to take the viewer on an emotional journey.

My advice to future students...

Year 12 seems like the end of the world sometimes if you’re like me a super worrywart and someone who gets hurt very easily. If the going gets tough, try to think about the bright side and schedule, schedule, SCHEDULE! Being organized can keep you focused and on the right track. My Pa used to say "Nothing is as bad as it seems" and know that sounds a bit corny but you will soon find yourself on the other side of Year 12, finished and satisfied. I kept thinking of this place - the part of your life when you’re in limbo between school and university or where ever you’re heading. Having no commitments and your own time to do what you want, when you want.

You get to choose where you are going so be confident and strive farther.

"To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing." – Aristotle