Top Art Exhibition - Printmaking

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Emma Groom, Darfield High School 

My plans for 2013:

Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in marketing, at the University of Canterbury.

Information about my work:

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I used horizontal and vertical lines repeatedly throughout my works. Shifting/moving lines show the movement of the water, straight at first, and the damage caused to the landscape.

Looking through the boat scope, or the sight of line of a gun - aiming at the bird, which is in skeleton form to signify instant death, oily outside of the scope to show it closing down on the birds.

I used flat space and deep space to show the experiences from under the water and above it.

Fragmenting/breaking down the surfaces of the water, boat and the birds.

Elegantly placing the coffins to show respect towards the animals lost.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Intaglio - dremel drill/etching of birds. I used the intaglio process as I found it to be more expressive and immediate. It was also more appropriate for the subject matter to show oily and matted feathers.

Surfaces - paper stains with shellac, oils, spirits and rust. 
Solar plates - the solar plates captured more depth, texture and the tonal range of my subject matter.
Repetitive imagery (and rotating, flipping) - bird life, boats and water, symbolising that this has happened before and the huge amount of deaths.

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

An interesting occurrence I noticed during the process of my panel was that newly added works had an influence on those that surrounded them. I was responsive to the changes in texture, colour, mark making and tone.

A difficulty was printing images to the surfaces that I had chemically altered in order to get the results I was after.

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Hannah Corkery, Rangi Ruru Girls' School 

My plans for 2013:

Bachelor of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland.

Information about my work:

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I began my body of work by basing early works on Darwin's ideas, theories and diagrams on human evolution, focussing on the close link between humans and monkeys.

However, as the year developed, my works became less about evolution and more about society, as I began to use the monkey as a symbol of the ignorance of mankind. Making a cynical statement about the materialistic, superficial society in which we live.

By appropriating famous artworks, iconic brands and religious figures, combined with overlaid, punchy text, I hoped to invoke both humour and shock from my viewers, influencing them to consider whether or not we truly have evolved, or, are in fact just monkeys in clothing with too much power. This question influenced my last mirror work heavily, as viewers are literally forced to reflect upon themselves and ask, "who is the real monkey?"

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I used a range of drawing and printmaking techniques in my panel, including charcoal, monoprint, gesso transfer and my most popular technique, dry point. These techniques allowed me to create works that had a strong pictorial style, but still allowed me to convey my conceptual ideas.

Found materials were also a very important aspect of my panels as I used iconic packaging such as McDonald's bags and cigarette packets to print on to - an effective way of subverting people's preconceived views of iconic companies and brands. Mirror was also a material that I used to print on.

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

I particularly enjoyed appropriating iconic art works such as American Gothic, Girl with a Pearl Earring and Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans.

Adding text to the work was another highlight as it made the art far more engaging and confrontational for the viewer, something that I had struggled with achieving for a large portion of the year.

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Jordan Peters, Dilworth School 

My plans for 2013:

I plan to study towards a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise degree at Massey University in Palmerston North.

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Katie Russell, Palmerston North Girls' High School 

My plans for 2013:

I am currently taking a gap year and working before beginning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2014.

Information about my work:

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

Initially I had no idea what my printmaking was about, I was just creating prints of pretty plants. However, once I noticed the similarities between the vein and cell structures of humans and plants, I became very interested in mankind's physical and spiritual relationship with nature.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Darkroom photograms, photography, dry point, pronto plate, woodcut, digital manipulation, collage and paper cut outs.

Woodcut is by far my favourite process. However, I am also very thankful for my teacher's suggestion of using the darkroom and digital manipulation.

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

Developing a consistent body of work using many different printmaking processes was a high point. I am naturally a painter, so it was actually a huge struggle for me to get used to composing imagery for my prints. With a painting, I can take a rough sketch and idea and make it up as I go along, but with my prints I had to have the image and idea planned quite precisely before beginning the plate.

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Kelly Moyes, New Plymouth Girls' High School 

My plans for 2013:

Study culinary arts and follow a career in the café/restaurant industry.

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Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I wanted to look into a worldwide issue that affects millions. I chose child poverty because children are amongst the most vulnerable. I developed my ideas using a wide range of research on different areas of Africa, including pictures, statistics and documentaries.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

One of the main techniques I used was scale. This is because it represents the issue of poverty; the children are so small and helpless, yet the issue is worldwide and affects millions.

I used a lot of raw materials, including boxes, bags (paper and rubbish), brown paper, hessian, packaging and also rice. I used these because they all symbolise the idea and concept.

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

Some high points were discovering new materials that allowed me to experiment with more techniques, especially solar plates.

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Matthew Hilton Jones, Auckland Grammar School 

My plans for 2013:

Study at Massey University - Wellington. Degree: Bachelor of Design with Honours (Graphic Design).

Information about my work: 'Hilton Hotel'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

The main theme of my work is the Hilton Hotel on the Auckland Viaduct. I developed my theme by looking at various artist models, such as Benjamin Edwards, Julia Mehretu and others.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

The main techniques I have used are litho sketches, monoprints, etchings, turps transfers and drawings. I started to use gouache in my later works to help lift the work and give it additional layers, using shapes and lines similar to the Hilton Hotel's architecture to help the earlier works and buildings relate back to one another.

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

My first board was a challenge for me as this was my first year doing printmaking. I was not used to and did not know many of the techniques, but with practice, experimentation and artist models to follow, the works and ideas came to me.

The challenge of using techniques to complement one another became a very rewarding experience. The process taught me that the use of mixed media within my works allowed greater flexibility in both ideas and techniques.

On my last board I became stuck as I did not know what to do to help my work develop and tie the first two boards together. Interestingly, looking at artist models helped with ideas and works that achieved cohesion, while also introducing a new idea. Again, the use of other disciplines and media within the visual arts helped my artistic development.

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Nina Hoffmann, Pukekohe High School 

My plans for 2013:

Study communication design at an art school in Hamburg, GermanyStudy communication design at an art school in Hamburg, Germany.

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Ideas / Concepts / Themes

In class we talked about current issues. We got given 12 headings (e.g. architecture, science, language etc.) and we had to find things that matched our theme under those headings to develop in different directions.

I also did a lot of research regarding history and politics. As I am German, it was interesting working with the idea of dictatorship and finding out more about my country's history.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Etchings, mezzotint, pronto plate, digital (Photoshop), collage, drawing (pencil).

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

It was interesting looking back at things that have happened in the past and are judged negatively, and then looking at everything now and seeing similarities.

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Robyn Jordaan, Burnside High School 

My plans for 2013:

Bachelor of Fine Arts at Elam/University of Auckland.

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Ideas / Concepts / Themes

Through experimentation of different techniques and subject matter, I discovered different ways to tell the story of my folio. I created my own subject matter to work off, such as a photo shoot of a print to come.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I did a lot of dry point and reductive prints. Monoprinting was one of my favourite techniques, which I would combine with a wax seal and dry point etch in wax on top. Mainly oil-based ink, gouache and wax.

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

The high points were discovering my own style of reductive printing, inspired by Jason Greig. Low points were the stress of deadlines, but the year went smoothly. Only the issue of narrative decision-making was difficult.

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Sarah Champion, Palmerston North Girls' High School 

My plans for 2013:

Studying the Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging at UCOL (Universal College of Learning).

Information about my work: 'Fragility'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

On my first panel the theme - fragility - is more aimed at the movement of the human body. As the panels develop there is more focus on the fragility of the human body, and exploring the idea with broken bones, different internal organs and body parts when they are pushed to the limit, or pushed to breaking point.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Throughout my panels I chose to use mixed media printmaking, after looking at a variety of contemporary artist models, including Carole Hensher, Max Colby, Laura Hudson and Kiki Smith.

The techniques and processes I chose to use were very important to convey my overall theme. I used the dry point process a lot because it is detailed and intricate, the lines and marks are also very delicate and fragile. Other techniques and processes I used were pronto plate, collagraph, monoprint, woodcut, collage, overlaying transparencies, direct draw, and sculpture.

The use of fragile materials - such as machine sewing or hand stitching embroidery threads, lace, buttons, and zips into various works - helped to emphasise the theme, and also made the works more feminine. The colours I chose to use are also very feminine, which helped to portray fragility.

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

I really wanted to do something unique and conceptual, and traditionally printmaking is printing onto paper. I experimented with printing onto different fabrics and came up with the idea to print onto calico, cotton gloves, an apron and several other surfaces until I was happy with the outcome.

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Selena Yuan, Westlake Girls' High School 

My plans for 2013:

Bachelor of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.

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Ideas / Concepts / Themes

The idea that I wanted to integrate into my board is that of a children's story book where the story itself becomes alive with the imagination of the viewer.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

On my first and second board I used a range of techniques, such as solar, etching, dry points, (wipe away and line) monoprints, collages, woodcut, string and sewing. Then on the last board I stuck with monoprints and collages to further develop my ideas. I also made two sequences of 3D concepts as a different way to reflect the idea.

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

Throughout the production of my work I had both high and low points. Taking three art subjects last year was a challenge, with time issues always a big problem. The high point was that, although there was a time problem, I still managed to produce quality work.

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Sheridan Whitelock, New Plymouth Girls' High School 

My plans for 2013:

Business degree in Otago with postgraduate in fashion design.

Information about my work:

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

When looking at artist models' works to see whether they have any similar ideas to your work or not, you can gain ideas just from the presentation of their work.

My theme was how to alter your perspective and play with shape. To develop my ideas I did a lot of mind maps - word definitions - this helped to spark off new ideas.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Screen prints, digital screen prints, cartoon drawing, laminate paper, projector, the sculpture room was used to make a sculpture of my work to then re-photograph.

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

Low points would have to be struggling to get creative inspiration. Wehearit.com and Google Images, plus artist models' works inspired me with more ideas I could use in my work.

 

 
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