A student at Seton Catholic College last year, the Bibra Lake resident set out to create a piece of work that captured the faces of her parents and their personality and character.
Despite never having painted faces, her finished piece was one of 58 selected for the Year 12 Perspectives exhibition at the Art Gallery of WA.
Minervini said she created the piece to explore stereotypical gender roles.
“My father works for a gas company, doing hard manual labour on a day to day basis, whereas my mother works at a suburban café,” she said.
“Even though my parents may appear to follow the archetypal suburban family, they are much more than that and I wanted to capture the essence of my parents as people, rather than being defined by the work that they do.”
]“Family is very important to me, and my parents are the people who have made me the way I am today, for that I am eternally grateful, these paintings are a homage to them.”
She said she was overwhelmed to have been selected to exhibit in Year 12 Perspectives.
“Ever since I first went to the Art Gallery of WA in year 7 on an excursion to see Perspectives I have wanted my art to make it into the exhibition,” she said.
“It had been a dream of mine for so many years and when that dream came true I was in shock.”
Year 12 Perspectives is at the Art Gallery of WA from March 12 to June 13.