A major event in the annual school calendar, Top Arts: VCE 2009 again presents outstanding work completed by young student artists as part of their assessment for VCE Art and Studio Arts.
VCE Art requires students to complete a body of works that involves a broad and innovative investigation and the progressive realisation and resolution of ideas, directions and individual concepts, either in an exploratory folio or through one or more visual solutions. VCE Studio Arts requires students to complete a design process that defines an area of exploration in a work brief and the production of a cohesive folio of finished works of art.
This exhibition highlights the National Gallery of Victoria’s strong commitment and support of contemporary art, arts education and showcases the ideas and attitudes of young people. From an initial selection of over 3,000 works and through a rigorous selection process and short listing procedure it is anticipated approximately 60 students are represented in the exhibition with a diversity of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, multimedia and installation.
Temporary Exhibition (Gallery 17), Level 3
This is a digital photograph focusing on the highly repetitious and structural elements of the grey pillars that run along the Australian War Memorial building in Canberra. The contrast of the grey and black sandstone blocks simultaneously gives the image both a two- and three-dimensional appeal. This is enhanced by the geometrical lines of the image, producing a photo of minute detail and beauty.
Inspired by rambles around coastal Victoria I wanted to convey my view of the sea, with its harsh unpredictability, as that which divides the strong from the weak. An interest in literature led me to search for identity through my art, and a compulsion to draw led me to discover that comic book form is the perfect medium in which to express my ideas. Having always admired the work of Hergé, I developed my own means of combining visual drama with storytelling. Through these works I have also been able to explore my need for adventure and mistrust of contentment.
Much of the conflict we experience in life is internally generated in the mind, rather than a response to external influences. As emerging adults we scrutinise every aspect of our minds and bodies, often harshly. I wanted to create a technically accomplished self-portrait that conveyed these tensions. Inspired by the ability of the old masters to create emotion, I wanted to evoke classical form and colour with a postmodern twist; I am a regular Australian schoolboy who plays footy and wears Skins to training, portrayed in a High Renaissance style, tormenting myself like any other human being.
The human ability to construct an idealised identity and imaginary life for strangers has always intrigued me. We create false identities to develop the illusion of mutual relationships even though the connection is false, as with infatuation and admiration which can be misguided. Inspired by John Fowles’s The Collector, I sought to create both distance and personality in these grey lead portraits. With no relationship between the subjects and the viewer the subjects’ identity remains unknown. When this work hangs alongside my second work, Maddie, they interact with each other to create the illusion that we are interrupting an unknown conversation.
I created an image that reflected the symbolism connected with doves, expressing elements of peace, purity, love, hope and freedom. I designed a collage using birds by choosing a number of different photographs and placing them together, while deepening the space within the foreground, middle and background. I was inspired by Samantha Everton and Bill Henson and the ways they use darkness in their works to incorporate childhood and adolescent emotions. The success of the work relied on my ability to capture the doves in a small dark space while flying, sitting or fluttering their wings.
The idea behind the photograph was to convey not only the devastation of the Black Saturday bushfires but also the beauty that followed – the contrast between death and new growth. I am interested in the work of artists such as Arthur Streeton, Fred Williams, Philip Hunter, Don Kirby and Ansel Adams, and the manner in which each has explored the grandeur of landscape. This depiction of land in extreme conditions, triggered by changes in climate and the impact of human expansion, aims to reveal the surreal beauty which is often a residue of a devastating fire.
Aware of the exaggeration we are exposed to in the mass media, I focused on the borderline between what is fake and what is real. I portrayed the images of the Seven Deadly Sins in today’s society. I used the character of the wolf from childhood fairytales to portray the presence of evil and explore the issues that plague our society, as well as showing how fairytales can be represented in modern-day life without the happy ending. I enjoyed using the medium of linoprinting as I was able to achieve a strong contrast between the black-and-white areas.
My focus was to symbolically represent the ‘working-class man’, the blue-collar worker who toils to keep the wheels of industry turning. The crane motif symbolises the heavy workload they must endure to reach their goal. Inspired by the work of Banksy and Paul Davies, I used my own photos to develop the stencils and capture my vision. Thick impasto acrylic paint dripped onto the rough, solid surface reflected the textures of a building site, as did the play of positive and negative space.
Inspired by the music of industrial and digital artists, my aim was to reveal how the continuous expansion of our urban environment, population and technology could affect our surroundings and express the stresses and confinement felt in this future high-speed life. My animation depicts Melbourne travelling progressively into the future, beginning with an open, calm, relatively natural and recognisable scene that gradually transforms into a congested future society, with digital glitches and artefacts increasing in presence to signify the coming of the digital age. The graphics were hand-drawn and animated in Adobe Flash.
The works references the crucifixion and self-sacrifice. It is about being tied down to music and it amounting to nothing. I was frustrated at not being able to play trumpet after I got braces, which delayed me getting into university. The arrow refers to how the martyr Saint Sebastian was killed and links sacrifice and music, symbolising both pain and beauty. Music has its fair share of pain and trauma in a physical and psychological sense. I think the etching successfully portrays both the violence of the arrowhead as well as the soft delicacy of the feathers.
Conversation plays an important, integral role in our lives and communicates feelings, emotions, thoughts and ideas that we might otherwise find difficult to express. I was inspired by D. H. Lawrence’s novellas to explore dominant elements such as one party controlling another in conversation. I wanted to provide insight into the mechanics of conversation through elements such as exchange, response, emotions, reactions, giving and taking. The garments represent the exterior elements and the personas we project to protect our social boundaries. I used different fabrics to demonstrate the many layers that constrain conversation between people.
While attending an intensive summer course in China I discovered that still life drawing involves a traditional structure and composition. I created a mixture of traditional and contemporary still-life drawings by using charcoal on paper to emphasise the extreme contrasts in my subject matter, thus intensifying the images. It was important that every detail in the drawing had the correct perspective, especially when elements were repetitive. I needed to focus on small details as they have a direct effect on the shape and the lighting of the subject.
My piece follows a young girl’s struggle with ageing within a Western context. The couch represents an aged person in her life, showing the changing nature of the elderly and the inevitability that she too will age. The series incorporates my love of repetition, watercolour, line, paper, birds and red couches, and my concern for how the elderly are viewed and treated. I am paying tribute to the beauty of things from a time gone by to remind my audience that no matter what their physical appearance, every person should be treated like a ‘priceless antique’.
I have been developing animated characters since realising at a young age that I enjoyed drawing. I was inspired to do animation by Hayao Miyazaki, who created Howl’s Moving Castle and pioneered using the anime style in feature films. I have combined my characters with music because I wanted to explore how music can be a primary influence in art. I felt the music gave my animation a greater depth and I decided to use a greyscale colour palette to further enhance the overall mood of the piece.
Abstract artists such as Vasili Kandinsky, Joan Miró, Jackson Pollock and Jean Michel Basquiat all had unique ways of expressing themselves on their canvasses. Their different techniques influenced the development of my personal style and enabled me to convey the abstract images from my imagination onto my artworks. I focused on colour, line and shape, using acrylic paint to tie these elements together and create balanced works. Using paint allows me to reflect the ideas quickly and create works through abstract symbols and images.
‘We learn from history that we do not learn from history’. History tends to repeat itself. It is the story of megalomaniacs carving the world up among themselves and then themselves being carved up. I wanted to explore this human story in a way that was entertaining, memorable and, overall, enlightening. Wrestling with Adobe Flash, I came up with this ‘moving picture’, for that is what history is – the ‘big picture’. And it moves. I hope to have achieved a collision between James Gillray and the book 1066 and All That.
This visual poem was edited in Final Cut Pro and is accompanied by Spiegel I’m Spiegel by Arvo Pärt and quotes from Hamlet (Ophelia’s drowning). Originally projected onto a three-layered screen to create depth and repetition of the imagery, I wanted to challenge the viewer to look deeper beyond the surface, as one might when looking into a watery pool. The work echoed my exploration into the layers of a young girl’s psyche on the precipice of adulthood. The video unfolds in a hypnotic way to communicate themes beyond the visual and audio, and into the heart and mind.
Deeply affected by the Black Saturday bushfires in February 2009 I wanted to depict the ambiguity of the landscape from an unconventional perspective. Initially based on aerial photos, I worked to simplify basic forms. The black lines work as both structural elements and images of the burnt trees, showing the destruction of the environment and creating an otherworldly quality. Contrasting with these black trees are punctuations of colour, mirroring the regeneration process and symbolising the resilience and perseverance of the people in the affected regions, who have, like nature, begun the rebuilding and healing process.
I was interested in the Renaissance idea of the neo-platonic ladder, which allowed people the possibility of moral ascension to the realm of angels or descension to that of animals. I found a contrast between this ideology and our society’s desire to group people in a reductive moral dichotomy of good or evil, disallowing the oscillation between these states. This led to a broader interest in the duality of people, explored in my work in the two figures.
Captivated by the raw, contrasting aesthetics of black-and-white linoprints, I created portraits of my friends with vacant yet ambiguous facial expressions. In my portrait of Bianca I created form through perceptive and detailed linear carving, I interchanged carving styles to differentiate between areas of the image. I wanted to produce a print that intrigues the viewer in terms of bold contrast, life-sized scale and neutral facial expression, while also being pleasing to the eye through the use of a simple linear background and the sensitive tonal carving used to form the figure’s face.
His collection of works aimed to illustrate emotions through portraiture and some concepts surrounding human desire. The characters are inspired from daily life but are exaggerated: they represent the idea of individual identity, though power, wealth, intellect and fame. Drawing on a smaller scale allowed me to express my thoughts in a personal way.
‘Possession is nine-tenths of the law’. These works are from nine panels that explore how the popularity of adolescents revolves around materialistic ideologies and the possession of the latest ‘must have’ objects. I have stripped down teenagers to the basics of our primal existence, adding culturally iconic items made notable through our current social evolution. This emphasises the growing self-centred nature of our society, with its multitude of convenient accessories that impersonalise our youth and intrude on our character-defining years. Using stencils allowed me to create a sense of uniformity among the figures.
Inspired by observing the development of a child into adulthood, especially when influenced by high school and our often sexualised society, I represented these stages using symbolism and the dark tonal qualities of etching. The permanency of marks made in etching act as a metaphor for the lasting effects of decisions made in a young person’s life. The portrait includes a nest, suggesting family protection and support, and in my second work a swooping bird, symbolising the repercussions of behaviour. More literal symbols in the accompanying watercolours and found objects create a sense of innocence lost and the erosion of childhood values.
Inspired by an installation by Ricky Swallow and figures by Peter Corlett, I sought to draw the two sources together in my work. As I worked through the design process a figure in repose sitting amongst everyday paraphernalia crystallised. I captured this concept in recycled old chicken wire I had collected. The dainty, elegant female form evolved out of the typically masculine and rough medium, an unintentional juxtaposition occurring between the material and the subject. The work encourages the viewer to speculate on the context and mood of the piece and create their own interpretation.
I have materialised a number of ideas, including visually ‘strengthening’ an image through the use of strong shapes and uniform structures, putting the aesthetic quality of an image before any underlying meaning. This makes it harder to build any kind of relationship with an audience, but I have still tried to do this by using fine and intriguing details to draw the viewer in for a closer, more in-depth look. My main source of inspiration is the work of Andreas Gursky, whose large-scale photographs often use the layout of a grid to define uniformity and repetition.
After viewing Sofia Coppola’s film, Marie Antoinette, I became fascinated by the life of the eighteenth-century royal and investigated her at different stages throughout her life. My interpretation highlights her transition from the affluent, extravagant French queen to her exile where she faced execution by the French public. I represented her reign using lavish fabrics such as red silk and velvet, while this second garment has a distressed appearance and texture to illustrate her downfall. My focus was not on the typical retelling of her experiences, but a more personal and empathetic reflection on her life.
I believe music is the key to our emotions and I have used this concept as a central theme in my art. My work evolved slowly with an emphasis on colour and texture, as I endeavoured to transfer a sense of undulation, oscillation and movement onto the canvas. I found that certain songs made me connect the mood of the music with different colours, and together they created a vibrant work of art. Textures, including glass beads and thick layers of acrylic paint, were applied to achieve this aesthetic quality.
I explored the issues of global warming and the rising sea levels, focusing on both the physical and environmental qualities of water and the ways in which it has continued to affect our society. With the technical inspiration of Melbourne’s contemporary artist Valerie Sparks, I constructed a reality using images I captured from my surrounding resources and environment. Use of Adobe Photoshop allowed me to refine and define images to create the submerged city, as well as manipulate the aesthetic qualities of light, lines, texture, tone and colour to create the whole image under water.
I have always loved water. Since I was a child splashing around in the bath I have been fascinated by the way it moves, its patterns and textures and the way it interacts with other surfaces. I began my artistic exploration with an open mind, but was drawn back again and again to exploring water in different settings. The ocean became my focus. I was captivated by its shifting textures and patterns, as well as its wild energy and the dramatic force of water moving in such a large, powerful body.
An interest in texture led to a collage of ideas with a generational theme. My grandmother is the subject and I incorporated symbols to represent her journey through life. To explore texture I divided the background into a grid and used various techniques within the areas. I used a limited colour palette to highlight the texture, initially applying a layer of subtle colour in some squares. The figure was influenced by using the threshold technique in Adobe Photoshop. Areas of tape were used to create free-flowing lines and break up or pull together the hard-edged lines in the background.
I chose to explore the macro and micro world we live in. I wanted to investigate qualities not often observed by the human eye: sea life, nature, the human body and synthetic materials. I had seen works using resin and experimented to master the medium. I used rich colours to capture the fish eyes, which have a great diversity and can see things that humans usually cannot. I used flowing brushstrokes to encapsulate the beauty of this organic environment. The use of resin intensifies the colours, reinforcing the beauty of the underwater world.
I focused on the vulnerability of being at a twilight age where you are neither a child nor an adult. I am journeying through this changeover myself and feel that many young people, like me, struggle with everyday emotions. I’m influenced by a book called The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky. I portrayed teenagers in a distorted and twisted manner by creating artworks based on their inner feelings rather than on what can be seen on the outside, which may be contradictory. My artworks explores teenage ‘escapes’ through their behaviour and fashions.
Having experienced body image pressures while growing up, I explored the struggle faced by young women when grappling with the question of ‘What is true beauty?’ I visually re-created the bombarding, overwhelming impact of the media by repeating Vogue magazine covers that depict the media-created, unrealistic standards of beauty and its negative outcome for women. The glossy, vacant gaze of the mannequin across empty white space reflects that such ‘beauty’ is empty – merely created to drive unconscious materialism. The barcode represents consumerism; the numbers represent the golden ratio – the mathematical equation of beauty.
My grandmother, Isabel, is 88 and lives on the coast of New South Wales. My work explores notions of age, fragility and disintegration – how things slowly unravel and decline as people age. However, the idea of ‘ageing’ is not meant to be portrayed negatively, rather my intention is to reveal the beauty in this process. I wanted to show Isabel’s quiet yet intelligent expression. Layers of oil paint convey my grandmother’s character and personality, while the scale and variation of brushstrokes and the harmonising of colour allowed me to express her formidable presence.
My work follows the life of an orphan, Tabitha Smoulderberry, after she is plucked from obscurity by a mysterious benefactress, Lady Olivia Hawthorne. As a cunning experiment Lady Hawthorne sculpts her innocent charge into the ultimate social butterfly, but it comes at a cost. When the truth emerges about Tabitha’s humble origins she is promptly shunned by the hedonistic clique of high society and falls into a state of depravity and ultimately, death. Ruined as a result of sacrificing her identity Tabitha’s life is a cautionary tale, championing individual choice above trivial trends and desires.
This series was taken of my younger cousin Helen. I was trying to convey a sense of maturity at a young age where certainty is intangible, by utilising a range of costumes and capturing a self-assured look. By taking the images in black and white and processing them myself I wanted to create a timeless feel in the works.
I am interested in human emotion, especially affection and our longing for it. Based on childhood photographs, I portrayed the warm, innocent friendship of three boys. The challenge was in exploring human faces and various poses. Inspired by Rembrandt and Vermeer, I wanted the work to have a strong emphasis on realism and light. Dynamic composition and facial expressions express the exuberance and enthusiasm of the group. I hope the image will evoke emotion and encourage viewers to remember and contemplate their childhood. By glazing the watercolour I was able to give the work a light, transparent feel.
My focus was on Surrealist portraiture juxtaposed against a non-existent surrounding that reflects the emotions of the subject. The intention of this self-portrait was to focus on my emotions and feelings towards art and the notion of losing one’s head over art, which suggests a loss of composure through the numerous frustrations associated with one’s artistic nature. The spiralling optical background reinforces this feeling of being overwhelmed and confused through the hypnotic momentum of the patterning. Painting on linen allowed for subtle blends of tonal variation and a smooth application of paint.
I looked at human anatomy and disfigured bodies. This led to exploring monsters, a theme used a lot in modern graphic and street art. I became interested in the way people view others as monsters, and the way journalists use the word ‘monster’ to describe certain people. What classifies them as such? The film expresses the transformation and rollercoaster ride of emotions in humans in a conceptual way by using monsters symbolically. By gradually painting onto the subject’s face she is slowly consumed and turns into a raging ‘monster’ herself.
As architecture is an avenue I hope to pursue in later life I was interested in the way architects like Mario Bellini manipulate line, shape, colour, pattern, contrast and scale to create the desired dramatic impact. It was important that my photographs exhibit the specific art aesthetic used by architects to create designs that inject intrigue and interest in the production of a structure. I used digital photography, which I manipulated in Adobe Photoshop to adjust light and tone, to emphasise the architect’s aesthetic and encourage an emotional response from the viewer.
My aim was to capture the rich culture and beauty of Asia to express and share my love of the people and culture through my personal experiences of family holidays to the region. I chose to linoprint images of different people from Asia, enhancing and linking the set of prints by printing on envelope paper to capture the importance that colour and pattern has for them. I also created Tibetan peace flags, which express the Asian ideal of peace, by handprinting shellac Balinese-style prints onto silk fabric.
After spending some time in beautiful Japanese gardens, and inspired by my interest in classical fairy tales and manga comics, I wanted to create a piece that expressed the majestic quality of trees. Albrecht Dürer, Nicholas Jones and Arthur Rackham also provided inspiration. I enjoy carving and used linoprinting to create pattern and texture by showing individual cells on a magnified level. By working with different materials and mediums, including linoprinting, wood veneer and watercolour, I was able to express the different ambience and essence of the seasons, and enliven the characteristics of the trees.
I investigated introspection – the human capacity to look within and ponder the unobservable characteristics that determine who we are intellectually and emotionally. Drawing inspiration from James Gleeson’s surreal ‘psychoscapes’ and Pablo Picasso’s cubism I experimented with distortion, selecting close friends as subjects on which to base my explorations. Originally photographing Tobias’s face under artificial light I captured a chiaroscuro aesthetic giving intensity and depth. I used the minutiae of detail and fragmented shapes to reconstruct Tobias’s face. I wanted to create a fractured appearance and ultimately elucidate his pensive state.
My work explores what makes my family important to me, both the physical environment and the relationships. I wanted to show what we do in our house and achieved this by printing on different materials to create a layered effect. Because of this effect, different aspects of the work can be viewed simultaneously. My techniques were inspired by various artists, for example, Kara Walker, who also uses silhouettes, and the collages of Hannah Hoch. I used fabrics, plastic and paper because they reflect the materials found and used in homes, in curtains, containers and floors.
I explored the concept of individualism, focusing on its relationship to literature, and each reader’s interpretation of the plot, characters and nature of various novels. I depicted known characters from famous novels based on my own visual perception of their physical appearances and personalities, to create a bridge between the writer, reader and viewer, and to explore the similarities and differences between each of our imaginations. I wanted to capture the expression and individual personalities of the characters through the rough, tense line-work and evoke a sense of knowing and familiarity between both art and viewer.
I wanted to express my concerns about the effects of the Black Saturday bushfires on the environment. I chose to portray the devastation and regeneration of the bushland and its ability to survive and regenerate after such destruction. I produced a digital panorama, consisting of twelve sequential images pieced together using Adobe Photoshop, to express the full nature of the tragedy. To emphasise the texture and contrast of the tree trunks the initial images on the left are in black-and-white, gradually transforming across the panorama into the vibrant colours of regeneration.
This digital composition of seventy-eight scanned A3 pages of interconnected fine-liner illustrations printed on USB vinyl explores ideas of perception and judgement. From afar the image appears to be a face, but the closer you get the more you can see that the face is made up of lots of smaller images. Conceptually the illustrations use opposing imagery to explore the ways in which the artist perceives the world around him. The work took approximately 1000 hours of hand-drawing for one to five hours daily.
This is a narrative where a visual story is suggested, not actually defined. After being confronted with a chaotic collaboration of line work I want the viewer to hunt and seek in the jungle of subject matter to discover the finer detail not initially noticed. The creatures, characters and worlds are inspired by memories, interpretations and dreams from my childhood and current life. I wanted to create depth and perspective, and achieved this through a series of organic, geometric, fluid, ridged and layered lines using fine-liner pens.
I find realistic drawings fascinating, especially the mysterious works of M.C. Escher and the photographic replications of William Delafield Cook. Seeking to create similarly intriguing works I drew inspiration from my love of music, both old and new. I combined grey lead pencils and graphite powder, spread with a brush, fingers and tissue, to create drawings that explore the transformation of the music industry, particularly following the advent of technology such as the iPod. I wanted to create a sense of mystery that encouraged the viewer’s own interpretation, as suggested in the jigsaw puzzle pieces
This image aims to depict the inner-self by presenting a smaller version, the inner voice which steers the girl in the correct direction, arguing about what is right and wrong with the larger version of herself. Everyone has such a different outlook, relying on their conscience and what they believe to be right in life. The image replicates how one’s conscience dictates what decision should be made, while it is up to each individual to choose. This was inspired by observing people making daily life-changing decisions by asking themselves what they believe to be correct.
I am drawn to dark fantasy novels and artwork, and influenced by Gothic films, such as those by Tim Burton. Within this overarching theme I incorporated my interest in the human body and its internal structures. The intention was to express the beauty and complexity of the body with a disturbing twist. I used a grid to accurately depict the inner body, using photos of family and friends, images from anatomy books and yoga manuals. The fluidity of the ink allowed me to work tonally, increasing the three-dimensionality of the image and enhancing the dark and disturbing realism.
Simple shaped objects have always appealed to me since I was a child on my grandfather’s farm, probably because of their metallic appearance and simple form. I have a real recollection of this. The metal battle helmet is a strong iconic form. Reflecting the style of Raymond Arnold, I printed fabrics as collograph blocks to produce soft backgrounds and built up the form of the helmet as a collograph print of many layers. I sometimes worked into the prints to add additional mark-making. This idea came from observing the work of Jim Dine.
Change is something that is unavoidable and inevitable. The aim for this piece was to expose the rapid change that continues to occur in Asian culture. Drawing from my mixed Asian background I chose traditional Indonesian batik material in a format of a storybook to create a sense of movement, highlighting the chaotic journey of cultural deterioration. The painterly images serve to question the impact Western society has on other cultures. The emphasis on the mouths symbolises the role of consumerism in cultural change. This piece juxtaposes cultural deterioration against a world of expectation.
I wanted to create a culmination of feminine fantasy and dreams. Utilising ‘plastic-cutting’, I created a dreamscape to express the fleeting, romantic, nostalgic sentiments of an intangible past and future, an escape from the sometimes prosaic nature of life. The technique is influenced by Rob Ryan and Sally Smart and the aesthetic is intentionally simple with the use of black-and-white to create strong contrasts and silhouettes. The tulle adds interest and balances the rigidity of the plastic. The dress encapsulates ‘a dream within a dream’ – dreamscape imagery and fantasy themes within a dress of every girl’s fantasy.
Society’s fixation with the perceived ‘battle’ between nature and technology prompted me to explore the relationship both environments share in relation to human existence. I wanted to express nature’s struggle to co-exist with the rapid acceleration and progress of technology. My influences ranged from traditional old master studio artists, such as Francisco Goya and his Dark painting series, to more raw emotive use of elements as seen in the works of Jeffrey Smart and the poignant digital manipulations of Jerico Santander and Chris Haines, which I emulated with oil paint in my apocalyptic landscape composition.
At the beginning of this year, inspired by book illustrators Shaun Tan, Graeme Base and Victor G. Ambrus, and keen to produce works with strong underlying themes linking them all, I drafted a storyboard for a picture book. Experimentation with various artistic devices led me to undertake the painstaking but bold, powerful and potentially quite sensitive medium of linocutting. By the end of the year I was ready to produce and print colourless outlines for several of the book’s pages, including this one. My subject matter was based simply on personal preference.
I have developed an interest in portraiture, especially the way facial expressions communicate a range of emotions, and the way they are interpreted by the observer. A small curve of the mouth or a movement of an eyebrow can create a whole new expression and meaning. In this image the subject’s stance is relaxed as if she is comfortable with herself, something that is rare, especially among young people. I was inspired by the work of Cherry Hood.