Hol­ly­wood colours artist’s think­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By MON­TANA ARDON

PERTH Mod­ern School stu­dent Ju­bilee Chan has had her dig­i­tal print art­work, Hol­ly­wood: Reimag­ined in Colour, se­lected to ex­hibit in the 25 Un­der 25 art ex­hi­bi­tion.

The an­nual City of Fre­man­tle event show­cases 25 works from artists un­der the age of 25.

Ju­bilee (16) switched to visual art at the last minute af­ter orig­i­nally en­rolling in Ital­ian for her WACE stud­ies.

The West Perth res­i­dent said the in­spi­ra­tion for her art­work was the lack of women of colour play­ing strong lead char­ac­ter roles in Hol­ly­wood movies.

“I be­lieve Hol­ly­wood has a bad his­tory of eras­ing women of colour iden­ti­ties and re­ally marginal­is­ing them and not giv­ing them the spot­light,” Ju­bilee said.

“Be­cause I love film so much, I de­cided to take the iconic film posters of Star Wars: A New Hope, Cit­i­zen Kane and La Dolce Vita and re­place the tra­di­tional white male ac­tors that dom­i­nate these types of films with women of colour in order to show that they can be strong lead­ers and strong char­ac­ters too.

“By pur­pose­fully ex­clud­ing ac­tresses based on race and gen­der from films, it is strongly sug­gest­ing that cer­tain eth­nic groups aren’t seen as fit for Hol­ly­wood’s idyl­lic so­ci­ety.”

Art teacher Sarah Eve said Ju­bilee’s art­work was a pow­er­ful state­ment.

“I am so proud of her tal­ented con­cep­tual ideas and her prac­ti­cal skills in creat­ing not just one but three large scale de­tailed dig­i­tal paint­ings,” Ms Eve said.

“She is to be highly com­mended for all her artis­tic achieve­ments and well and truly deserves the pub­lic recog­ni­tion for her hard work.”

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