By Kristina Sfreddo
The Art Gallery of Western Australia once again brings us the annual “Year 12 Perspectives” exhibition, showcasing 56 works from WA’s graduating high school students.
Now in its 22nd year, “Perspectives” allows us to explore the complex thoughts, emotions, fears, hopes and angst-driven experiences of a new wave of emerging young artists coming to terms with their impending foray into adulthood.
With works across all media – sculpture, drawing, digital media, textiles, painting and photography, the exhibition unveils a technical and individual maturity amongst these young people and is a precursory glimpse of the future of WA’s art scene.
Themes of gender, identity, personal reflection, environment, and historical narratives are all encompassed in the exhibition – creating a definite buzz of energy within the gallery space.
John XXIII College student Jessie Lee, in her charcoal on paper piece, Khmer Grandmother, depicts a detailed and thoughtful consideration of her subject and a mastery over her medium.
Monique Parr, from Chisholm Catholic College, with her textiles piece Hurt, uses satin, bullets, gauze and paint to illustrate the artist’s desire to create something beautiful from something brutal.
Another Chisholm Catholic College student, Ali Watson took home the 2014 Packer’s Prize for her mixed-media piece Genocide – a work in three parts which explores the human emotion before, during and after the Cambodian genocide. Feelings of uneasy anticipation, fear and terror and experiences of loss and suffering are portrayed through the use of old and scavenged materials.
Visitors to the exhibition can vote for their favourite artwork in the Santos Year 12 Perspectives People’s Choice Award. The recipient will receive a trip to the Art Gallery of South Australia and their school will receive 30 tickets to an upcoming AGWA exhibition.
“Perspectives” takes the viewer on a voyage through the minds of today’s young artists and is a rousing hint of more remarkable and exciting things to come.
The “Year 12 Perspectives” exhibition will be showing at the Art Gallery of Western Australia until 5th May 2014.