Qualifications and standards

Scholarship printmaking exemplars - 2018

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Scholarship

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Panel 2 (JPG, 409KB)

Panel 3 (JPG, 341KB)

Entire Folio (JPG, 1MB)

Sample Workbook pages

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Sample page 2 (JPG, 1.9MB)

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This Scholarship Printmaking submission engaged in a proposition about the candidate’s cultural and family history, describing their process of honouring as "walking back into the future". The candidate positions their Tongan grandparents' immigration to Aotearoa New Zealand, sacrifices and life choices for a better life as the starting point for the inquiry – with a particular focus on the merger of one culture with another, framed within Western living.

Well-selected artist references based in portraiture drive how the candidate considers how they might best represent this journey and recording of family history. The use of family photographs from their grandparents and the employment of different papers for drawing and printing upon reinforces materialities that belong to how it is that one might navigate visually through past and present history. Another visual factor is the echo of photographic negatives and differing scales and shapes of actual photographs reflected within compositions. This approach strategically highlights the conceptual strength of the proposition and also frames a robust methodology and process trajectory.

Key to this submission is the candidate's ability to draw and to effectively manage composition in relation to their source material and own photographs. Early drawings enact photographic memory in the way they are drawn with excellent handling of media to reflect print qualities of tone, contrast, line and form, composition, and overall readability of the image as a portrait. Pattern and colour are introduced as motifs and devices to refer to cultural contexts. These formal elements successfully communicate context and time and locate the celebratory intent of the inquiry – and are often paired with print conventions such as the edge of the image to layer up meaning but also suggest different time frames and family relationships.

Throughout the folio, there is an honouring that occurs through the care taken in the mark making, the subtlety of print methods combined with drawing and other media treatments. This skill along with compositions that locate methods of display from domestic settings create a sense of respect and also act as a recording of loving relationships between generations and across time.

 
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