START UP: Top Arts 2014

Image: Conception Image: Conception

Jake O'Donnell

colour digital inkjet prints
(a-c) 61.0 x 81.3 cm (image and sheet) (each)
Studio Arts
Haileybury College, Keysborough

My art seeks to explore the human condition, how people grapple with their own interpretations of reality and how evolution drives man’s underlying ‘animal’. It is my passion for these concepts, and exploring their raw, sexual, dark and physical nature which underpins my work. I use photo-manipulated male figures to create visual representations of these ideas; in this case, male evolution and genesis re-imagined in a modern biological context.

My advice to future students...

Do not be afraid of daring art. The beauty of art is that it allows you to boldly state something, and discover yourself at the same time. Fear of negative response is the death of good art. Art should elicit a reaction, but prepare to justify yourself.