Pulse of young artworks
A PET dachshund and a recycled wooden desk feature from local Year 12 visual arts students in the annual Pulse Perspectives exhibition at the Art Gallery of WA.
Marmion’s Michelle Edward, who attended St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School, found inspiration for her three oil paintings in the backyard.
“In Louis in suburbia, I was aiming to communicate my appreciation of life’s simple pleasures through the representation of my playful and curious pet dachshund in the safe haven suburbia of my backyard,” Michelle said.
“We can all incorporate his zestful attitude into our own fast-paced lives, particularly in the precarious age of prolific technology and destructive consumer culture.”
Ocean Reef resident Mija Belamide from Prendiville Catholic College used a recycled wooden desk, stoneware ceramic paper clay, blue ink pen, lead pencil and charcoal to create a sculpture.
“Unhinged is a sculptural installation created to challenge the education system,” Mija said.
“Influenced by Ben Turnbull, I have used a wood burnishing to carve equations and portraits of students, creating visual tension to depict the conception of academic stress and ‘atychiphobiathe’, the fear of failure.”
Duncraig resident Charlotte Kennedy created a fourpart artwork, Defunct, using embroidery threads, fabric, copper, glue, acrylic paint, marri blood resin dyes and a magnifying glass.
“I’ve always found peace in nature,” the John Curtin College of the Arts graduate said.
“I worry when I am old there will not be any left, so when I can, I take a moment to look around, sometimes at the ground. It is something we so often walk over.
“The world is wonderful. We need to nourish it.”
Madison Snelling, of Ocean Reef created a piece from cast glass on a lightbox while at Prendiville Catholic College.
“Vascular decay explores the vital relationship between humankind and the natural world, and consequently, my concerns when this relationship is exploited,” Madison said.
“My hope for society to harmoniously embrace our cohesive existence is conveyed through the biophilic patterns of plants, which undertake the shape of human lungs.”
Pulse Perspectives runs until August 30.