START UP: Top Arts 2014

Image: Worlds elsewhere Image: Worlds elsewhere

Gemma Topliss
Worlds elsewhere

brush and pen and ink
(1) 75.5 × 45.5 cm irreg. (sheet image) 84.0 × 59.2 cm (mount), (2) 52.2 × 74.0 cm irreg. (sheet image) 59.0 × 84.0 cm (mount), (3) 76.0 × 55.0 cm irreg. (sheet image) 84.0 × 59.2 cm (mount)
Siena College, Camberwell

This work explores introversion and imagination and how these two qualities are linked. The first drawing depicts a girl submerged in water signifying her isolation. The white on black components of the image represent her imaginary world. The realm of the imagination is key to the drawing. What links my three introverted characters is the compensating world of the imagination which provides a “world elsewhere” into which they can escape.

My advice to future students...

My advice is to work as hard as you can at your art. Let your creativity run free. Don’t be afraid to use unconventional materials or to explore unusual ideas. Dedicate yourself to your art completely.