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 and www.artgallery.wa. gov.au 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.