Wanneroo Weekender - - News -

STU­DENTS tack­led a range of is­sues from an­i­mal rights to refugees in this year’s Year 12 Per­spec­tives ex­hi­bi­tion.

The an­nual com­pe­ti­tion fea­tures art­work by 57 teenage artists across Perth, com­pleted dur­ing their fi­nal year of school.

For­mer Pren­diville Catholic Col­lege stu­dent Jes­sica McGaw was one of 10 north­ern sub­urbs in­clu­sions in the ex­hi­bi­tion, which opens at The Art Gallery of WA on Jan­uary 28.

The 18-year-old from Ocean Reef cre­ated her con­fronting piece #Cap­i­talisedCru­elty to “open peo­ple’s eyes” to an­i­mal abuse and ex­ploita­tion.

“It’s tar­geted at show­ing every­body that we are the ones re­spon­si­ble for how we treat things,” she said.

“My in­tent was to raise aware­ness of the fact that an­i­mals, re­gard­less of their eco­nomic value, are still sen­tient be­ings. By hu­man­is­ing their ap­pear­ance, I wanted to draw com­par­isons be­tween an­i­mals and hu­mans con­cern­ing the abil­ity to per­ceive and feel things.”

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