Location: Mackley Members Room
As a testament to their talent and hard work, we are delighted to showcase a curated selection of their artwork for their families, friends and the public—including Industry members at the Victorian Artist Society.
The collection of artworks created by our VCE students encompasses a diverse range of styles and ideas, offering insights into the themes that resonate with young contemporary artists today. Through their artistic expressions, they delved into thought-provoking concepts such as relationships, the transience of life, gender and identity, and more. The students selected various art forms including painting, drawing, photography, digital art, and sculpture to effectively communicate the ideas they explored. The students also actively engaged in experimenting with a range of materials and techniques, honing their skills and proficiency throughout the artistic process, and demonstrating their dedication to artistic growth and development.
Banner Image: 'Twenty3fifteenhues', Digital photography by Zach Amiridis
My photograph, ‘Twenty3fifteenhues’, is an exploration of my fascination with the interplay of light and the ambiguity of the spaces that lie between them. Inspired by Australian contemporary artist Bill Henson’s evocative use of light to accentuate the mood and aesthetic of his images, I aimed to capture the enchanting essence of nocturnal illumination through an almost dreamlike visual aesthetic and selective manipulation of colours to enhance this desired aesthetic. Photography, for me, is a means to evoke uncertainty and ignite the viewer's imagination. In this image, I intended to create a sense of depth through the vivid reflections in the foreground that draw the viewers eyes upwards towards the focal point and delve into the captivating elements that emerge from the spaces in between.
Drawing inspiration from Henson's style, I employed a predominantly subdued and desaturated colour palette to create a dreamlike atmosphere and add emotional depth to the composition. I also sought to incorporate strong juxtapositions between light and shadow to intensify the mood and drama within this photograph. In post-production editing, I increased the exposure of my out-of-focus foreground to ensure it is visible to the viewer enhancing the sense of depth in this image; quite reminiscent of Henson's techniques. Additionally, I employed tonal adjustments and colour grading to further capture and refine my desired visual aesthetic which I envisioned since I first captured this photograph. Ultimately, ‘Twenty3fifteenhues’ invites viewers to explore the interplay of light, embrace the uncertainty and celebrate the beauty found within the enigmatic spaces.
Cocoon (Unity & Envision, Desire, Dilemma, Reborn) by Terence Lin
My photography series 'Cocoon' explores the collective experience of individual identity lost amongst generations of Chinese youths due to the high-pressure education. 'Unity' the photo wall diminishes distinct focal point and convey an unnerving tranquillity to reminisce on my experience of a social identity indifference. 'Envision, Desire, Dilemma, Reborn' the sequence provides a scrutiny of my consecutive emotional overcoming of social conformity and my painful seeking of individual identity.
We would like to pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land on which our building stands, their leaders, past, present and emerging.