START UP: Top Arts 2014

Image: Hair studies Image: Hair studies

Nicole Thomson
Hair studies

(1-4) 20.0 x 20.0 cm (comp.) (each), 28.0 x 30.0 cm (sheet) (each)
Studio Arts
Swinburne Senior Secondary College, Hawthorn
The drawings address the issue of gender identity in youth. The subjects have hair atypical of respective genders. They are composed so the distinction between each gender is subtle and blurred. Contrary to traditional portraiture depicting facial features the decision to draw the back of the head presented in a circular mount surround is intended to convey the idea of voyeurism, in which the viewer can see the subject but the subject is ignorant of the viewer.

My advice to future students...

Choose something you’re really interested in to focus on, it’ll make it a lot easier. And you don’t have to pursue everything you start, throw stuff away until you have the best and most refined idea/piece.