START UP: Top Arts 2014

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Danielle Schmidt

colour pastel on grey paper
(1-3) 60.0 x 51.5 cm (comp.) (each), 73.5 x 55.0 cm (sheet) (each)
Studio Arts
Cranbourne Secondary College, Cranbourne

Initially, I was drawn to the excitement and energy of circus performers and the bright bold colours of circus costumes. As I explored this subject further, I discovered a sombre truth behind the elaborate masks. My work aims to expose the harshness and real impact of spending a lifetime in the circus.

My advice to future students...

Be organised, have a clear schedule/timeline to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the workload. Visit exhibitions – this is what informs your own art practice. Work on your strengths, but do not limit yourself to working in one medium.