Year 11 and 12 Visual Art students experienced their insightful artworks in the APT9 exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art Friday 22 February. It was a time for us to get inspiration for our own works; from their grandeur, varying colour schemes and diversity of media as well the huge scope of perspectives expressed through the exhibition.
Latai Taumoepeau. Naiza Khan. Soe Yu Nwe. What do these all have in common?
For the Year 12s, the concepts of colonisation, industrialisation and westernisation expressed by many of the artists were pertinent to our theme of Tradition and Change. The artists we saw were incredibly authentic and personal in their works, creating a seriously humbling and awe-inspiring quality to the time we spent walking the gallery floor.
As well as visiting the Asia Pacific Triennial at GOMA, we had the opportunity to view the works of a wonderful range of Australian artists at the Queensland Art Gallery. From the intriguing detail and colour of Michael Zavros’ Bad Dad to the massive range of pastel landscape paintings created throughout the last three centuries, there was something for everyone to enjoy and feel inspired by.
Although we cannot take the works home with us (as much as we adored them), we all took away a wider socio-cultural perspective on the world around us – something that is often lost in a fast-paced student life and new ways of reinventing our own artworks.
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