Art tells both sides of story

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

ALEX Parker wanted to rep­re­sent all sides of the gun con­trol de­bate with her art­work.

The Pen­rhos Col­lege grad­u­ate and Kensington res­i­dent (17) is among the for­mer high school stu­dents cho­sen to have their work in­cluded in the Art Gallery of WA’s Year 12 Per­spec­tives ex­hi­bi­tion.

“When I was first com­ing up with the idea, I wanted to do a story that was both per­sonal and cur­rent,” she said.

“Peo­ple know the ar­gu­ments about guns, and for me it con­nects to my fam­ily be­cause I re­mem­ber vis­it­ing my grand­par­ents in Bridgetown and see­ing their gun cab­i­net; my grandad only used it to get rid of pests.”

Alex’s art­work in­cludes a col­lage of news­pa­per clip­pings, a photo and sev­eral draw­ings of key fig­ures re­lated to gun con­trol or gun vi­o­lence, such as Barack Obama, John Howard and Ivan Mi­lat.

“I didn’t ex­pect to come up with sev­eral bits, but I wanted to tell all sides of the is­sue, whether it was the his­tor­i­cal rights in Amer­ica, to the way guns can be a part of peo­ple’s life­styles as well as the power and con­trol they rep­re­sent,” she said.

“It was the de­ci­sion of my art teacher at school to sub­mit the art­work and I was so sur­prised when I found out it would be in­cluded in the ex­hi­bi­tion.”

Alex said she would not study art at univer­sity, but wanted to keep mak­ing art.

“I’ve al­ways en­joyed draw­ing and cre­at­ing art, so I’d like to con­tinue do­ing that. I’m a per­fec­tion­ist and I love cap­tur­ing life as it is,” she said.

Alex’s art­work on the gun con­trol de­bate was se­lected for the Year 12 Per­spec­tives ex­hi­bi­tion.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d463978

Young artist Alex Parker.

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