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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.

Tyler Brown

Nikki Cole­man’s mum Gwen in­spired the art­work below: Pen­the­silea is a de­pic­tion of Ama­zo­nian fem­i­n­ity.

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