Student recognised in prestigious art prize

Emmanuel Catholic College student Tia Christophers.
Emmanuel Catholic College student Tia Christophers.

AN interest in mythology and the concept of hell provided the unlikely inspiration for a local art student’s recognition in an esteemed competition.

Emmanuel Catholic College student Tia Christophers’s entry The Hound was awarded third place in the upper secondary category of the Shaun Tan Award.

Starting out as her take on artist Gustav Klimt’s style, Christophers said the piece was heavily influenced by Greek mythology and her personal beliefs on life and death.

“I found myself most drawn to this idea of hell and negativity stemming from religious beliefs and social theories,” she said.

“As inspiration, I used a dog-like creature known as Cerberus to contradict the soft and calm nature of ‘the hound’ figure depicted in my piece.

“This hopefully established the theme of beauty and peace that more so comforted me.”

Far from a long-term project, the 16 year-old said the work came together in just a few weeks.

“As my final piece, it was basically a rushed personal project to finish off the year,” she said.

“Having seen the other pieces presented in my category, I’m quite surprised to have been recognised at all; the level of skill alone across all categories was so inspiring.”

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