This is a video of my daughter’s HSC (final year high school) visual art work. It’s an acrylic painting on an old door supported by a soundscape. I admit I’m totally biased, but I think it’s very powerful.
Her artistic statement:
My Body of Work confronts the immediate and devastating impact of climate change and its monumental, enduring consequences, through a cubist inspired representation of the devastating 2019-20 Australian bushfires. I seek to convey the urgency and overwhelming nature of this crisis, and I have appropriated Picasso’s “Guernica” to evoke strong emotions and confront audiences, challenging them to draw parallels between the human rights atrocities caused by both war and climate change. My Body of Work represents my feelings of anger and frustration about political inaction on climate change, fuelled by the denial and ignorance represented in the media. Inspired by Duchamp and Ai Weiwei, my selection of a found object painting surface represents the immediacy of the crisis and reminds the audience that every household will experience the long-term impact of climate change but we can choose an alternative future.
At the end of the soundscape she included the last line of a speech she gave at a 2019 Student Strike for Climate. You can see the full speech here.
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