Shark culling de­bate in­spires prize win­ner

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion -

FOR­MER Perth Mod­ern School stu­dent Joshua Nairn has taken out the Pack­ers Prize in the Year 12 Per­spec­tives Art Ex­hi­bi­tion.

The Pack­ers Prize is the only award given out on open­ing night and was cho­sen by the team who un­packs art­work ready for hang­ing.

Joshua said he wanted to il­lus­trate the two ex­tremes of the de­bate on shark culling, tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from pho­to­graphs taken dur­ing World War II and pro­pa­ganda paint­ings by Charles Meere.

“Sharks are pretty cool; when you re­main al­most com­pletely un­changed for a hun­dred mil­lion odd years, you know you must be do­ing some­thing right,” Joshua said.

“How­ever, in re­cent times, it seems many peo­ple would dis­agree.

“Man Eater ex­plores the idea that, much like us, sharks are just an­other an­i­mal go­ing about their lives within their en­vi­ron­ment and not at all the hy­per-ag­gres­sive, sadis­tic, soul­less killers some be­lieve them to be.”

Perth Mod­ern School art teacher Ber­nadette Woods said Joshua was po­lit­i­cally aware and formed strong opin­ions based on re­search, ex­ten­sive read­ing and watch­ing po­lit­i­cal com­men­tary.

“This comes through in his art­work and his paint­ings be­come a way for him to ex­press opin­ions and views on cur­rent is­sues,” Ms Woods said.

“The art work Man Eater is a clever take on Joshua’s anti-shark cull stance.”

Year 12 Per­spec­tives com­prises 69 art­works by some of the best, bright­est and most tal­ented grad­u­at­ing high school artists in the State.

Perth Mod­ern School stu­dent Agnes Bot­man, Joshua Nairn and art teacher Ber­nadette Woods with Joshua’s work.

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