Scholarship printmaking exemplars - 2019

Show: All Scholarship resources


(Click icons to see large versions in a new window)

Panel 1 (JPG, 305KB)

Panel 2 (JPG, 318KB)

Panel 3 (JPG, 353KB)

Entire Folio (JPG, 791KB)

Sample Workbook pages

Sample page 1 (JPG, 3.2MB)

Sample page 2 (JPG, 3.6MB)

Sample page 3 (JPG, 3.3MB)

Sample page 4 (JPG, 3.7MB)

Sample page 5 (JPG, 3.6MB)

Sample page 6 (JPG, 3.5MB)

Sample page 7 (JPG, 2.9MB)

Sample page 8 (JPG, 2.7MB)

This Scholarship Printmaking submission embraces print conventions and processes to engage in a graphic-novel-style narrative about stereotyping and bullying. In the workbook, the candidate outlines several key contexts that underpinned the development of the folio work. Ba Jia Jiang (Taiwanese folk culture that usually refers to eight members of the godly realm) provides the means to speak about the ‘good amongst the bullies’ alongside a personal story about the candidate’s older brother. This work is a heartfelt investigation.

Pan-Asian mythological figures are introduced to represent and narrate the candidate’s ideas around bullying, struggle, and adversity. Within the narrative and picture-making, the candidate explores and works with the idea of confronting ‘monsters and demons’ as a metaphor for internal struggles faced. Formal aspects are used as devices to focus on specific aspects of the enquiry / story as it unfolds. For example, negative space is used to frame and draw attention to the narrative. Colour and warm tones are used to represent redemption. The delicate, sensitive white pen drawing adds another layer of pattern that creates a richness and complexity to the narrative, as well as drawing attention to the poetic, atmospheric, and emotive elements.

The selection of artistic reference (Kuniyoshi, Goya, Hokusai) is appropriate for the topic and also for their approaches to image-making and printmaking. The folio works demonstrate a high skill level through fluent control of woodcut, etching, and monoprinting – including manipulation of colour, contrast, ink, and wiping back to develop tonal values and space / perspective. The works are particularly enhanced by the overlay of monoprints on top of other print processes. This application demonstrates the candidate’s willingness to take risks and to work with the fast-pace constraints of the medium. Monoprints require quick but careful thought and planning, which the candidate obviously relishes and is able to control effectively.

The layout of the folio and compositional structures reinforce the narrative and also conceptually support the endeavour of the candidate to tell his story and assert his point of view. Within individual works and across the folio, due consideration is paid to symmetry and balance as a way to create dynamic motions and movement. Text (Chinese poetry and calligraphy) is also integrated as a visual component in the imagery. The use of the Chinese characters operates with varying compositional placement and purpose – sometimes it acts as text, and other times it forms a silhouette or merges into the background structure of the image. (Translations are included in the workbook.)

Skip to main page content Accessibility page with list of access keys Home Page Site Map Contact Us