This, my HSC Visual Arts Major Work, is a "post-modern" piece I did, which played on the idea of Football (aka Soccer) being seen and treated as a Religion, where the footballers are seen as almost as Saints. I portrayed the idea through 7 gouache paintings that replicate French Gothic manuscripts, and feature people like Pele, Maradona and Beckham. Hopefully amusing I did set out to parody notions of Sports as a religion, and relentless and tiresome hours spent working on it I hope that it is evidently a 'good' creative work to those who read this.
A Toyo Ito building I have chosen as my great piece of architecture. This, his Sendai Mediatheque is a fascinating building which acts as a Media Center holding a library of a large variety of books, videos, magazines and tapes; along with a gallery, study areas and more. THe building is supported by a sreies of cloumns whihc each vary in size and form, adn they spiral upwards. They have a weblike form whihc is very unique. Each level is of a different height adn these diferences and contrasts make the building not only aesthetically intriguing but also make the experience of visiting each floor a different one.
~C~This is a shot from one of coral reefs in Australia's famous 'Great Barrier Reef'. I''me sure many people have been here, and know of the great beauty. Diving under the water i never imagined to see such abundance and diversity of coral. This one could say is one of 'mother natures' greatest Architectural creations. Completely natural it is the largest coral system in the world and it is something no person could design themselves, and its beauty it partly through this and the how many living creatures can live so freely under water.
Holdfast (Macrocystis angustifolia / giant kelp)
2007, tin, aluminium
The Artworks of Fiona Hall, often incorporate everyday objects and materials into their production. The particular work, uses a common day sardine can; however the artists intricately transforms this object, giving it meaning and an aesthetic quality which in its ordinary state may not be present. The sardine tin is halfway opened. On the head of the tin she carves out image of natural flora from aluminium, which are placed to appear as if sprouting out from the can. Inside the tin sculpture she meticulously carves out the figure of a human hand reaching out from the folded back covering. Halls practice involves a delicate and fine process of construction, and also of think about materials. She often uses these common items in her art, if not as a material but often as subject matter; and often incorporates natural images into them. She juxtaposes this natural image with the industrial metallic one.
Firebird, 1991 retro-reflective road signs on plywood 135 × 103cm
The materials that Rosalie Gasgoigne uses for her art, must be affected by the weather and the elements. Therefore her artworks are constructed by recycled materials. Firebird, is constructed from using orange and red retro-reflective road signs, which Gasgoigne has sliced into rectangular pavements and arranged onto a slab of plywood. The road signs must be weathered and worn, and show affects of nature on them. She then places them in a chosen pattern on the piece of wood, and turns what was a 3D object, into something that is almost 2-Dimensional. She places each piece according to what she feels is most aesthetically pleasing and whihc can fit onto her canvas. Much of her art is constructed this what, although not always made from road signs often they are patterned in a similar way using simple quadrangles and/or triangles.