ARTEXPRESS is a yearly exhibition showcasing the most remarkable and stupendous artworks constructed by HSC students as part of the practical component for their final tertiary examination. Works capturing manifestations of personal issues, external issues and other matters that affected the artists is translated through the medium of drawing, ceramics, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, textiles and sculpture. This practical and textile component allows the students to be completely expressive (as the exhibition title suggests).
As a 2015 high school graduate, I had to complete the HSC and unfortunately, much to my regret, I did not choose Visual Arts as one of my subjects. Having a great appreciation of art, I am fond of the many art movements and I hope to visit all major art galleries in my lifetime (fingers crossed). However, watching my friends stress and strenuously complete their final bodies of work translated vicariously to me, and I am so astounded at the works produced by my fellow graduates.
Left Wall: Define me by my looks, not by my personality (Lara Kate Meanwell), The Things I Felt (Annabelle Dominique Roux), What will we become? (Christy Uen Ting Chan), Middle: Man vs nature (Raghav Rampal), Right Wall: WHERE THE WILD THINGS AREN'T (Eternity Lim)
Undoubtedly, the artworks were produced with patience, extreme care and meticulosity or even with carefree handling if that applies to the purpose and drive of the artwork. The details in some artworks were extraordinarily intricate and displayed the skill of these students while others' expertise were illustrated in the deep and profound meaning of their work.
Students of Visuals Arts were also taught most major art movements and techniques to accompany the inspiration for their artwork as part of the theoretical component (examples include modernism, post-modernism, appropriation, earth art, technology in art, architecture, renaissance, Roman/Greek Art, Egyptian Art, sculptures and reliefs).
THE SECRET LIFE OF BOOKS (Rebecca Rego) - Awarded 'S&S Creativity Unlimited Award'
As part of their artworks, a process log, influential artists (contributed to the making of the work) and teacher's assistance aided the students' completion of the artworks. A small percentage of the progress log was marked along with the major work (final artwork) and depending on the classes of Visual Arts, the progress log was checked weekly or fortnightly by the teacher.
The artworks were truly terrific and I could not have been more impressed; the talent reflects a professional artist's ability. One of my friend's artwork was selected for ARTEXPRESS 2016 and currently, it is displayed at Hazelhurst Gallery and will soon be moved to ACU (Australian Catholic University). Here are her remarks on the overall experience of completing the artwork and how she managed to attain a position at ARTEXPRESS:
TIPS: If you yourself, your child or anyone you know of is in high school and if one of their passion is art, I highly would recommend the subject. Approximately half of the subject's weighting goes towards essays and examinations, while the other half is the construction of the artwork. Albeit there are rumours and talks of the absurdity and pointlessness of the subject (you'll generally hear this in high school among parents and some students), it can be a very fulfilling subject.
ALTERNATIVES: The rest of the high achieving artworks are displayed in different art galleries. The other artworks are hung at 9 different locations (excluding Art Gallery of NSW), check out this link to see the rest.
Of all art exhibitions Art Express is my favourite. I look forward to it and make it a priority on my things to do list. There is nothing like it to revive my faith in humanity, the education system and the quality of the up and coming generations!