Segregation and discrimination explored by local students in Year 12 Perspectives

Lauren Hawley. Picture: Jon Hewson.
Lauren Hawley. Picture: Jon Hewson.

SEGREGATION and the discrimination of women are among the themes local teenagers have explored with their entries to the Art Gallery of WA’s Year 12 Perspectives exhibition.

Bedfordale resident Georgia Rickard used animals in human form to show how illogical it was to separate, exclude or segregate based on outward appearances.

“I am very much a movie fanatic and there was one movie that I watched while thinking about what to create and that was ‘The Help’ directed by Tate Taylor,” she said.

“For me it was one of those movies that I’d feel frustrated and annoyed with how there was such vast differences in class, lifestyle, even clothing and the way people spoke to one another based on racial background.

“It is an amazingly produced movie and it was the spark that fuelled my artwork.”

Canning Vale’s Lauren Hawley also looked at discrimination, but her piece delved into the modern prejudice shown to women and their continued fight for equality.

“As I learnt more about women’s rights and the life of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, I was motivated to create a work that highlighted the sacrifices she made that have lead to our rights today,” she said.

“I also reflected on the influential women in my own life, and how they have impacted myself, and this lead me to the decision to create a portrait of my sister, who has influenced so many aspects of my life.

“I decided to display the portraits side by side to draw parallels between historical and contemporary feminism, and highlight how the actions of previous pioneers such as Pankhurst have allowed for the continued fight for women’s rights today.”

Both artists said they were excited to be a part of the Year 12 Perspectives exhibition.

“I feel extremely grateful to have the chance to show one of my works in this exhibition alongside so many other talented young artists,” Ms Hawley said.

“It almost feels surreal that a year ago I was visiting the gallery to view the works of the previous Year 12s, awed by the amount of talent and creativity they possessed, and I feel privileged to now have the chance to also show my art in the same gallery.”

“I feel extremely appreciative that I got selected for Year 12 Perspectives because it was something that I trialled, not expecting anything out of it,” Ms Rickard added.

“It is not every day you get a chance to showcase an artwork to such a large group.”

Canning Vale resident Gemma Edwards and Thornlie’s Rachel Raphael are also among the 55 exhibitors.

Year 12 Perspectives is at the Art Gallery of WA until July 16.

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