Top Art Exhibition - Sculpture

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Ashleigh Ballinger, Spotswood College

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Caitlin O'Shea, Wellington East Girls' College 

My plans for 2012:

Commencing a degree in Resource and Environmental Planning at Massey University, Palmerston North.

Information about my work: ‘Sculpture’

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

Started looking at industrial structures such as scaffolding and how it provides support and pieces come individually and are put together. Influence by minimalist liner structures from American artist Sol LeWitt, and Pablo Valbuena who encouraged the use of light to define linear lines on structures and transforming space.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I began by using industrial materials such as wood, nails and brackets. Alternative materials were used for scaffolding such as foam and paint to take away its function as support structure. Natural light and projectors were used on stencils of linear structures.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

Producing large scale sculptures came at a difficulty in terms of cost, space and time. The linear structures for the power pole was originally wood but had to be changed to foam, a lighter material, because it wouldn’t stay up.

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Chloe Ann Ramsamy, New Plymouth Girls' High School

My plans for 2012:

I am attending Massey University in Wellington to do a Bachelor of Design with honours majoring in Photography.

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Ideas / Concepts / Themes

My idea was about religion (Christianity in particular) and how it is portrayed in different lights. More traditional portrayals of religion are shown through the symbolic use of colours and motifs (such as the face of Jesus, the skull and candles). Bright colours and cheap ‘$2’ shop materials help to show how Christianity is portrayed through commercialism and the media. Scale and light played key roles in the development of my work.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Resin cast mould, installation, collage and assemblage were my main techniques. Materials vary from candles, magazines and bibles through to plastic $2 shop flowers, resin and Jesus figures.

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Demelza Law, New Plymouth Girls' High School 

My plans for 2012:

My plans for 2012 are to move to Melbourne and study make-up artistry.

Information about my work: ‘Nutrience equals growth’

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Materials: Fake flowers, real flowers, plaster, taps, wool, glad wrap.

Techniques: I have used projected images

Processes: I looked into my artist models’ work and what materials and techniques they used.

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Jasper Ballantyne, Westlake Boys' High School 

My plans for 2012:

Continue to row for Auckland RPC and hopefully make a New Zealand squad. I hope to travel once I have finished rowing and then I plan to study in 2012.

Information about my work: ‘Illusion’

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I had just had a bone scan so my teacher suggested using the scan as a starting point. It somehow developed into a sort of illusion and to show how things can be seen differently from different angles.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

It was mainly about capturing each sculpture from the right angle where everything lined up so you can see the idea clearly.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

It took me ages to get started and figure out what I was doing, but once I realised which angle I wanted to take, my confidence grew.

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Leo Walton, Otaki College 

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Leticia Daisy Durant, Wellington East Girls' College

My plans for 2012:

In 2012 I will be studying Visual Arts at Auckland University.

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Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I began my work investigating lines and the grid and how they can be used to create illusions in scale or dimension. I was also interested in playing with viewpoint and human involvement with the work, thinking about the viewing experience. I started looking at framing and showing the work through a limited or obstructed view in a way that it almost surrounds the viewer.

I continued by looking at the contrast between man-made formation and structures that occur in nature. I was also interested in what happens when humans try to replicate these formations as well as the juxtaposition of placing them in a natural environment.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Materials played a significant role in my work as they made works either more believable or more surreal. They were often intended to add to the viewing of scent and texture to the work, e.g. natural materials.

Man-made materials were used to emphasise the contrast between man-made and natural formations. For example mirrors/reflective surface were used to manipulate views and light to make the work seem almost sci-fi.

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Michael McCabe, Whangarei Boys' High School 

My plans for 2012:

I plan to complete my first year at the University of Auckland and maybe fitting a few internships at (yet to be confirmed) theatre companies.

Information about my work: ‘Aspiration, idealism and The Explorer’

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I found from my attempt at a level three board in year 12 that I work best in narratives as they present artistic investigations in an organic rather than mechanical manner. When it came to this board it was no different. I broke down the concept of wanderlust into a singular narrative of an unknown explorer, who became a conglomerate of aspiration, my idealism and the reality of venturing into the wild.

I looked at the stories of Scott vs. Amundsen, Fawcett, McCandless [an American hiker who died in Alaska ] and other failed expeditions to ground my make believe world in a harsh reality. This created the narrative arch for this ambiguous explorer, from childhood and idealism to escape and the reality that not all make it out alive but instead become icons for future explorers.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I sampled motifs of the explorer like maps, rope, bags, the wilderness and the bosy of the explorer repeatedly through the investigation to create an understanding between concept and structural practice. I looked at using an array of sculpture forms like performance, installation and video along with more traditional elements to show that wanderlust is both an archaic and modern idea that readily applies to both eras.

More importantly I never got stuck on a sketch but instead let the given situation organically change what the sculpture would be, creating my own little journey from drawing to realised work.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

This was the first time my school has ever done sculpture and I was the only student doing it. It was a rather interesting time in my life, being thrown into the deep end. I was lost. For most of the year I floundered, flickering in and out of knowing and not having the faintest idea.

The recurring sound of scraping the bottom of the barrel became the soundtrack to this investigation. However it pushed me to research, to actually find out what wanderlust meant.

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Narelle Sindos, Lincoln High School

My plans for 2012:

Starting my Law degree at Canterbury University.

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Ideas / Concepts / Themes

My ideas started from basic brainstorms of forms/material in space and how the liquid plaster would then turn to a solid creating interesting sculpture. There were no specific artist models to my work, just the idea of the artists dealing with physical properties in space.

The idea grew from the materials I used, cheap units of junk food which proved a great success. I also had the concept of multiple objects in the sculptures I produced.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Processes included casting of balloons, latex moulds, used marshmellows, popcorn, plaster castings of objects (with different materials). Building foam in some balloons which expanded them in an interesting form – junk food was a main concept throughout my folio as it was a cheap material to use.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

Lows were that my sculpture couldn’t be done by myself, i.e. when casting I needed someone else to assist me in that process. Sculptures took a long time to complete. Overall the work turned out to be successful and well worth the time and effort.

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Rea Burton, Wellington High School 

My plans for 2012:

In 2012 I am having a gap year with plans to study arts in 2013.

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Ideas / Concepts / Themes

Began with sculpting figures out of modelling materials then looked at creating sexually ambiguous, humanistic forms and incorporating found objects into my work. I also explored performance.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Materials that I used were tinfoil, stockings, recycled underwear, pillow fibre and cigarette butts. My techniques were figurative sculpting, assemblage and performance.

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Shannon Power, Chilton St James School 

My plans for 2012:

This year I am starting a Bachelor of Design course, majoring in Visual Communication Design at Massey University.

Information about my work: ‘Entrapment’

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

To develop the ideas/concepts/themes of my work I did continuous research and experiments/trials while making the pieces within the portfolios. I also looked at several artist models for influences.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Within the sculptures I combined both man-made and natural materials along with objects to emphasise the entrapment of nature in a man-made environment. I used materials such as concrete (which would set) to also show entrapment. I used techniques demonstrated by several different artists such as Jessica Stockholder (American sculptor and installation artist).

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

Because I used concrete and cement within the sculptures it would often be quite time consuming, as I would have to wait for it to set. It also made the sculptures very heavy, difficult to move and hang. Because I used live plants within the sculptures I had to finish and photograph the sculptures quite fast so that the plants wouldn’t die. I also had issues with the concrete cracking in some of the sculptures which meant I had to start again.

 

 
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