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Scholarship printmaking exemplars - 2015

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Outstanding Scholarship

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Panel 2 (JPG, 596KB)

Panel 3 (JPG, 544KB)

Entire Folio (JPG, 1.5MB)

Sample Workbook pages

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Sample page 2 (JPG, 1.6MB)

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This Outstanding Scholarship Printmaking submission engages in a lateral proposition that is centered on a personal cultural journey and exposition to produce a technically fluent and sophisticated folio of work. The focus for the enquiry is narrative based on the candidate’s own cultural identity of mixed heritage background; Japanese/New Zealand and the concept of womanhood and the female experience, from a feminist perspective. This is developed through printmaking processes and language, and through conventions that relate to the proposition but which exist outside of print, such as performance, installation and photography.

A key strength of this submission exists in the interconnected relationship between the folio and workbook, which presents studies and investigations that support key developments on the folio and open up further conversation, i.e. you see things in the workbook that are not presented on the folio and which demonstrates parallel thinking and research. Photographic storyboarding is effectively used to develop the character of the figure portrayed (it is stated that the character in the narrative is her sister, but that ‘she’ is a placeholder for the candidate herself and other women ‘to be brave, to be adventurous’). This is a lateral method and strategy for developing imagery that is both explorative and inventive.

There is a high level of personal ownership and investigation in the generation of imagery, which is developed through extensive testing of images and ideas and a variety of processes. Within print, the candidate uses etching, woodcuts and monoprint in a fluid manner, i.e. they blend these together in ways that effectively contribute to the dialogue and trajectory of the narrative. The synthesis of media, materials and process is extraordinary.

The candidate demonstrates a high level of technical fluency that celebrates mark making and the print medium’s relationship to drawing. The presence of the hand as a generator of imagery in context of the narrative is an important factor in the effective communication of the artwork. The pictorial is reinforced by attentiveness to composition, use of dense space and light space, underpinned by complex understanding of the tropes of print language, technical and conceptual.



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Panel 1 (JPG, 724KB)

Panel 2 (JPG, 646KB)

Panel 3 (JPG, 534KB)

Entire Folio (JPG, 1.8MB)

Sample Workbook pages

Sample page 1 (JPG, 2.8MB)

Sample page 2 (JPG, 2.9MB)

Sample page 3 (JPG, 2.2MB)

Sample page 4 (JPG, 2.7MB)

Sample page 5 (JPG, 3.3MB)

Sample page 6 (JPG, 3.3MB)

Sample page 7 (JPG, 3.1MB)

Sample page 8 (JPG, 3.6MB)

This Scholarship Printmaking submission explores gender stereotypes through contrasting representations and portrayal of twins (male and female siblings). It addresses the struggle of finding your own identity as a twin from a personal perspective.

The investigation starts by creating a visual timeline, from conception to childhood to teenage years, and then begins to visually pose questions about gender stereotypes by using blue and pink symbolically to reflect the conditioning and pressures felt as the female sibling. Colour is a primary concern and device, and moves from the symbolic into a subtle interplay of tonal overlays, shapes and forms.

The aesthetic is clean and graphically oriented. The focus on contrasting flat colours with linear patterning quietly reinforces the divide or the blur between the twins. Visual language such as transparent layering, silhouetting and contrast is used to reflect the idea of being in the shadow of one’s twin. This is developed into a narrative from panel one to panel two as a search for a singular identity – and the subsequent absence, removal or blurring of the other twin from the psyche. On panel three, the candidate reintroduces abstract shapes that refer to the twins in utero back into the image compositions. This brings a metaphorical perspective into the mix through integrated monoprint, dry point and digital processes to create lyrical abstract sophisticated compositions of floaty and flattened space.

The workbook demonstrates the experimental phases that were undertaken in order to refine and resolve the appropriateness of potential media and processes to concept. There is a good level of analysis and reflection that is communicated through the visual editing and testing evidenced. The candidate recognises what works best and extends this through appropriate reference to artists. Multiple references are used to imaginatively develop a visual language that enables the candidate to engage in the process of exploring their own identity as a twin.

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