Yasmin Asia De La Rosa Sutedja, Presbyterian Ladies’ College, for Carrier (Acrylic and oil on board)
Inspired by Frida Kahlo’s lively portraits celebrating her Mexican culture, ‘Carrier’ is a reflective self- portrait exploring my disassociation with my Costa Rican, Swiss, Spanish and Taiwanese heritage, yet nonetheless having my biological features carry my heritage throughout my life. For my reference, I projected a self-made digital pattern on myself, emulating the concept of a superficial cultural connection, which showcases Heliconia Rostrata, a native Costa Rican flower symbolic of the connection to my birthplace.
Laura Bonney, St Clare’s School, for Honeyant Dreaming (Acrylic on canvas)
My culture is immensely rich and my world was created in the Dreamtime, my people’s time of creation. My culture is strong, and I am inspired by the rituals, stories and wisdom of our Elders. We are all people of tradition and story, and through our God we celebrate together in a loving way that shows reconciliation and forgiveness.
Oscar Heggers, Dale Christian School, for Fishing Fragilities (Cane, string and wire)
‘Fishing Fragilities’ is inspired by the exploitation of our precious oceans through overfishing. It resembles a traditional fishing trap made from woven cane, old fishing nets and discarded wire, representing the path the world must take to reverse the damage done to our seas.
Kate Halvorson, Ellenbrook Secondary College, for Obsolete Individuality (Digital drawing)
Who are we without the labels we wear? What are we hiding behind these labels? In order to fit in, we often butcher our sense of true identity in order to hide the parts of ourselves we consider ugly or imperfect to maintain the image we are meant to portray. Additionally I wanted to portray that it’s not our environment which pressures us into committing to labels but rather the social pressure within our environments.
Jordan Pescud, Kennedy Baptist College, for Reflect in Vincent’s Eyes (Crocheted yarn)
Seven months ago, I learnt the art of crochet and it’s fair to say I’m hooked. This medium allows me to express my creativity, blending my love of art, fashion and pop culture. Ambitiously starting with a Paddle Pop jumper, a simple happy piece, I then created the Starboy coat, revering the boy who swallowed a star from ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’. Finally, I wanted to make a statement piece inspired by the symbolism of ‘Starry Night’. Like Van Gogh, I spent my time making this dress in a dark moment and this project stayed with me to the other side.
Lani Robinson, All Saints’ College, for Te Haerenga o Tetahi
Gianna Lawrence, Iona Presentation College, for Tea Break
Sachi Elliot, Perth Modern School, for Yoshinori Maeda
Neve Adams, Santa Maria College, for Guess
Ruby Nunn, Seton Catholic College, for Cowboys Don’t Cry