Shark culling debate inspires prize winner
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.