Top Art Exhibition - Sculpture

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Anita Sang Yum Kaiaruna, James Cook High School

My plans for 2015:

I have begun studying at The International Travel College, however I do intend on continuing my passion for sculpture along the way and being able to use my creative side in everything I do. Though I am not choosing sculpture as a career pathway, I will still create and do sculpture as a hobby.

Information about my work: 'POP THAT COLOUR!'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

It all began with my fascination of a 1950's freak show. I found this concept to be interesting because of how these people were labelled as freaks or abnormal at the time. They made people look twice to see what they were actually looking at. I decided that I would try to turn this negative image into a beautiful thing to look at. Not long after, I encountered Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games and decided to integrate colour and abnormality with each other. From then on I found significance for geometric pattern and shapes from the way they create that illusion. Some sculptures were plain black and white and some with intense colour. Those ideas inspired me to try and combine the whole thing together, making my way forward by just feeding ideas and models from each sculpture. Overall, I wanted to manipulate and try to confuse the audience with my models just like the way 1950's freak show performers did.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

The majority of my work was made with coloured paper and cardboard, while other sculptures were made with wood and everyday furniture. The whole idea was to reuse used resources to create my sculptures. This made creating and making much easier, as well as benefitting me financially.

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

There were never any low points during the process of creating. I was very dedicated to my sculpture class and I found that it encouraged me because it enabled me to expand my ideas and imagination as well as express my inner self visually. The high points were just being able to have fun by doing what I loved to do and seeing that come to life. This subject made me see what I was capable of doing when it came to being creative, which is AWESOME! It indeed, opened up my inner creativity.

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Eva Wyles, Wellington High School

Scholarship

My plans for 2015:

Studying at Victoria University.

Information about my work:

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Materials: clay, spray paint, masking tape, household objects.

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Henry Fraser, Rangiora High School

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Josh Freeth, Ao Tawhiti

My plans for 2015:

In 2015 I will be attending Elam School of Fine Arts.

Information about my work: 'Expansion' (Bread & Mindscape)

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I became interested in the idea of 'expansion' being a condition of the universe. This meant everything was moving, in a way that space and material was getting more extensive. I wanted to apply this to the human condition. I used bread to show physical expansion of space and material, and lights to show a metaphysical expansion of the mind.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I used a variety of materials and devices on panel one. Techniques included binding of sticks and knitting of wire, as well as the toasting of hundreds of pieces of bread. I moved into hanging bread, painting it. On panel three I had to learn how to wire LEDs together and attach it to the power in my sister's garage without killing myself, which I achieved. This moved to a portable power supply at the beach and sticks of bamboo to hold the lights.

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

When installing site specific work, the material needed to withstand the elements. When attaching LED's in a series, a thing called 'voltage drop' can occur, where power drops the further it is from its source. Highs were spending time with people in a stimulating environment and discussions with my mentor and Art teacher, Holly Ramsey.

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Fualili Kihere Toa'i Aumua-Jahnke, Lincoln High School

My plans for 2015:

Bachelor of Te Reo Maori and Indigenous studies at Te Puna Wanaka in Christchurch. I will also be performing at Te Matatini and I am working towards several art commissions.

Information about my work: 'Nga Kakano' (due to the fact it planted a seed for my exploration, as I had never taken sculpture and it introduced me to something new)

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I began with choosing different artists' works that inspired me and tried making work that was similar, through that process I found what worked and what didn't work. From that point I continued to build and develop those ideas and explore different mediums and materials to see how they worked together and could create forms that were significant to me. It was an interesting path that had many challenges. Even though, in the end I had no idea where it was taking me, I enjoyed the journey.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Techniques/ processes: lamination, suspension, dripping, layering, weaving, mix media, heat moulding, solid forms to liquid forms.

Materials: MDF, PVA, Caine, Paint - Acrylic/ oil, resin, hot glue, paper, crepe paper, wax, spray paint, celotape, duct tape, string, chord.

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

One issue that arose was with the big koru dippy sculpture. Due to its size, it was hard to work around and I really wanted to show the dribbles, like how they would naturally leak. So after many technical difficulties, I ended up cutting each and every dribble out by hand. Another issue I had was with the other koru form with the gold edges was with the lamination process. I had to work fast and then let it set, so it was a very long process and even once I made it, it wasn't as strong structurally as I thought it would be.

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Kinomi Mayuyama, Burnside High School

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Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I began with the subject of space as it intrigued me in the sense that we can never see it or feel it but we are constantly in it. I wanted to explore the relationship between humans, objects and space; how objects can manipulate the way we move and the way we act in space - bringing out human character in relation. The idea of manipulation helped me to develop my theme by bringing out unspoken rules created by objects and colour; making people react and move certain ways whether it was maintaining the social order or rebelling against it.

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

The most interesting and enjoyable process was being able to work with students and teachers throughout the whole school, by having them involved in my works, coming across new people and seeing how they interact with the work I have made and how that influenced their everyday life at school.

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Morgan Puklowski, Nelson College for Girls

Information about my work: 'Nature by Manipulation'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

Throughout my work I explore the relationship between nature and mankind, looking at aspects of how mankind controls/manipulates nature to suit, rather than adapting to suit nature. Continuing on to look at the consequence of these actions and a way of trying to fix these damages before they become permanent.

The theme of incorporating vibrant high colour into simple minimalistic shapes came about due to the fact that I love minimalism. However, I think minimalism lacks a degree of character and a wow factor, so I looked to add that with colour.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

My work mainly consists of contrasting and easily accessible materials, such as natural products (plants, branches and trees) and manmade products (glass, wire, plastic, nails, hinges and bandages). In the last stage of my folio, natural wood and manipulated wood became a huge feature, as well as the use of paint.

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

When I first began I couldn't believe where it would lead me. It was a lot of fun and hard work exploring all my ideas. The overall process of creating the full scale sculptures and seeing my portfolio put together was a highlight.

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Niyati Soni, Westlake Girls High School

My plans for 2015:

Bachelor of Architectural Studies at Auckland University.

Information about my work: 'Redefined'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

The aim of my investigation was to understand how architecture and nature coexist. After taking into consideration the theme of biomimetic architecture and the influence of certain artist models, my idea developed into focusing on the properties of nature (the mathematics of growth, the structure of the human body and natural movement) and how it has been used as an inspiration for architectural forms. Throughout my work I wanted to convey the fact the 'architecture' is not only the buildings and the structured forms we see, but it is also present in, and inspired by fluid forms (e.g. wind, gravity, shells).

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I mainly worked with easily found and minimalistic materials such as cardboard, paper, sticks, but assembled it intricately to showcase my idea. A lot of the time I found myself experimenting with the material and allowing it to form its own shape rather than forcing it into a mould, hence my work was on the basis of trial and error. Another important technique was ensuring I had limited use of colour, as I wanted to reflect fluidity in a very mathematical and precise manner. The major formal properties used were balance, tension and symmetry.

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

Initially I was challenged by the idea of architecture and nature, but because it was so broad, I was looking at materials and shapes in a literal manner which constrained my ideas to develop. I changed my approach from simply 'making' and shifted to in-depth research. It was crucial for me to learn about structural ideas such as the golden section and the theories of my artist models. This research continued throughout my work and effectively gave me a new perspective about a topic I love; my understanding about architecture was completely renewed. By the end of my investigations I was thinking as abstractly as possible, and learnt to have faith in the process of my creativity.

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Ruby Dillon, Cambridge High School

My plans for 2015:

I am studying for a Bachelor of Design (digital design) at AUT this year.

Information about my work:

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

At the start of this project I was exploring how man-made buildings took over the natural environment, the solidity of buildings and the fragility of nature. I explained through my sculptures how nature is entrapped by man - like a bird in a cage. This naturally led to the exploration of shadows and light, leading in turn to ideas of projection. I then explored materials - swapping the strength of card to nature and the fragility of wire and paper to man-made objects, how it might look if I projected birds onto the buildings. The ideas I took from this created my final series - nature overtaking man-made objects, birds cutting into buildings and exploding out of them.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I used mainly cardboard, wire and tissue paper to make the sculptures on my board. I also used LED lights and projected images onto the sculpture.

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

It was surprisingly hard to cut out the bird shapes on the buildings, and even harder to figure out the best way to hang them so the projections would line up! The projectors 'white' light is also tinted slightly blue that I hadn't noticed until I had already printed the images out.

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Samantha James, Wellington East Girls' College

My plans for 2015:

Having a gap year and travelling to London by myself to live for 6 months.

Information about my work: 'Inedible'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I wanted to explore the modification of food and how we humans continue to evolve our food to make it more visually pleasing, easier to prepare and with longer shelf life. In the process our food seems to become less nutritional and maybe even less inedible.

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Yasser Saeed, Westlake Boys High School

My plans for 2015:

Study a Bachelor of Architectural Studies at the University of Auckland.

Information about my work: 'Containment'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

The original idea since the beginning was 'containment' which I chose for no real reason. So I began with containing sticks into basic forms of containers, such as jars, strings, boxes etc. I played around with containing containers within containers, or having sticks be part of the container as well as using plaster and plaster bandages as unconventional containers. From there I was just playing and experimenting.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Sticks and branches, old jars, about 53 balls of string, 9 rolls of plaster bandages, plaster of Paris, 4 recycled wooden pallets, timber, wooden logs, oh, and some sand. I had to sew quite a lot and tie things together with string. I also had to nail wood together, saw wood, drill holes and use a crowbar to resize the wooden pallets.

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

Building the final sculpture was a high point despite it being the most time consuming to build - the reason being it was fun to build and it gave me a reason to bang away with a hammer in the middle of class time and use a power drill. There were no low points, to be honest. An interesting issue was that I could not mix enough plaster quickly enough for the sculpture on the top of the third panel to be one solid piece without cracking. The result is a happy accident though.

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Thomas Hendrikz, Lincoln High School

My plans for 2015:

Move out and go to CPIT.

Information about my work: 'Catching Wind'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

At the beginning I wanted to make compressed, solid sculptures, but it just evolved into using air or, the idea of wind as the main threshold. How I got the idea was by listening to music and sketching everything that came into my head that could be the next step.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Materials: wood, air, fans, cane, polystyrene.

Techniques: work after school and in the weekends.

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

The hard part was getting the sculptures to work when I wanted them to. Usually something would go wrong and I would have to spend a few more hours trying to fix it, but I got there in the end.

 

 
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