Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Art - Michele Nu­gent

TWO 2014 grad­u­ates from Bel­mont City Col­lege – one from Aquinas Col­lege and a Kens­ing­ton res­i­dent who grad­u­ated from Mercedes Col­lege – have their orig­i­nal art­work on dis­play as part of popular an­nual Art Gallery of WA ex­hi­bi­tion Year 12 Per­spec­tives.

Bel­mont grad­u­ates Ab­dul­lah Biks­mati and Tif­fany Silva each ex­plored the theme of dis­abil­ity with their cho­sen pieces, Aquinas grad­u­ate Rory Fer­rante re­flected on Perth’s ur­ban sprawl and Mercedes grad­u­ate Alice Lynch en­cour­aged view­ers to ques­tion their own per­cep­tions of un­con­ven­tional art.

Silva’s ce­ramic and wood sculp­ture, called White Noise, said it de­picted her voice.

“Sign lan­guage is my voice, my cul­ture. The hands rep­re­sent my jour­ney as a deaf youth mak­ing my way and shap­ing my iden­tity in the world of sound.

“Each hand is rep­re­sented as a let­ter which for­mu­lates the word ‘ JOUR­NEY’ in Amer­i­can sign lan­guage.”

Called Con­tem­po­ra­ne­ous, Biks­mati said his work chal­lenged the ac­cepted con­cept of hu­man ‘de­for­mity’.

“The lay­ers of one’s body can eas­ily morph to adapt and gen­er­ate newly shaped or­gans, bone struc­tures, and even skin cov­er­age that is not sim­i­lar to that of the norm,” he said.

“Our en­vi­ron­ment is chang­ing at a rapid rate, and our bod­ies must evolve to en­dure or re­sist our sur­round­ings.

Com­bined video pro­jec­tion, white chalk, en­graved Per­spex, acrylic paint, steel and MDF, he said it was im­por­tant that the two chil­dren de­picted in his art­work were seen by so­ci­ety as a re­sponse to evo­lu­tion­ary change, as op­posed to de­formed be­ings.

In an Art­line marker on pa­per piece called Sub­di­vid- ed, Fer­rante said the “al­most in­fi­nite” num­ber of sub­di­vi­sions neigh­bour­ing the free­way had al­ways both­ered him.

“Th­ese huge, iso­lated dwellings sport­ing iden­ti­cal fa­cades feel un­nat­u­ral, straight out of a cookie cut­ter,” he said.

“They are a busi­ness ven­ture of some­one higher up, try­ing to make money off the back of a hous­ing cri­sis. In the near fu­ture the only af­ford­able place to live will be a soul­less house iden­ti­cal to your neigh­bour’s; a de­press­ing re­al­ity.”

A Peo­ple’s Choice Award, which en­cour­ages ex­hi­bi­tion and­gallery.wa. vis­i­tors to vote for their favourite artist, will be counted in the fi­nal days of the ex­hi­bi­tion with the win­ning artist re­ceiv­ing a $500 voucher to­wards the pur­chase of art sup­plies.

Vot­ing closes at 5pm on Sun­day, May 17.

Ab­dul­lah Biks­mati’s Con­tem­po­ra­ne­ous.

WhiteNoise by Tif­fany Silva.

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