ART INSPIRED by personal experience, Nikki Coleman proved the making of a great artist lies in the ability to convey a narrative.
Her artwork Penthesilea earned her a place in the 2017 Year 12 Perspectives Art Exhibition, on display until July 16 in the Art Gallery of WA.
Nikki is a graduate of St Stephen’s School in Duncraig.
Named after an Amazonian queen who led her people into battle, Penthesilea depicts the societal representations of femininity.
The piece highlights two groups of women who share similarities despite leading different lives.
“On one side of the sculpture I have stitched ancient Greek Amazonian warriors – a tribe of women who would cut off their breast to better shoot arrows in battle,” she said.
“On the other side, there are a series of women battling breast cancer who have undergone a mastectomy in order to survive the disease.
“The piece ultimately shows the ties between the two women and how they both remain brave and strong warriors despite losing a pinnacle symbol of femininity.”
Coleman said the message in the artwork stemmed from a personal connection.
“This idea was inspired by my mum who in mid-2016 was diagnosed with breast cancer,” she said.
“One of the biggest initial struggles my mum had to face was whether or not to have a double mastectomy.”
Penthesilea is made of a plastic frame moulded into the shape of a cancer ribbon, wrapped with yellow satin and bordered by Greek key-style ribbon.
Other local graduates with work on display include Patricia Aspera, of Wanneroo Secondary, Tayla Cinquina, of Woodvale Secondary, Taegan Howells, of Irene McCormack, Tinsey Jones, of Mindarie Senior, Nikita Marchenkov, of St Mark’s, Michelle Shean, of Churchlands Senior High, and Jessie Stoves, of Duncraig Senior High schools.
Nikki Coleman’s mum Gwen inspired the artwork below: Penthesilea is a depiction of Amazonian feminity.