This is a video of my daughter’s HSC (final year high school) visual art work: At your door. 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.
[Update 9 December 2021]
At your door has been selected for ARTEXPRESS! Alexa’s work will be exhibited at the NSW State Art Gallery early next year and then at the Tamworth Regional Art Gallery as part of an exhibition of some of the top art works from the 2020 HSC.
Last year, only 48 works were selected from the work of 8681 students, so it is a great honour. Alexa was so excited when she found out. She was in an amazing year for art at Lambton High School as two of her school friends were also selected for ARTEXPRESS. They were lucky to have a wonderful teacher, Sharna Leman, to guide and support them through a challenging year.
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