Kalamunda SHS student wins people’s choice at HyperVision

Hayley Kerr is handed her winning award from Cr Mark Elliott at
Midland Gate Hypervision.
Hayley Kerr is handed her winning award from Cr Mark Elliott at Midland Gate Hypervision.

A KALAMUNDA artist on the cusp of adolescence has won The People’s Choice HyperVision art competition at Midland Gate shopping centre in the City of Swan’s ninth year of running the competition.

Hayley Kerr (12) of Kalamunda Senior High School, was voted the most popular artist with her composition My Other Self.

She described her artwork as her perception of reality.

“I spent quite a bit of time thinking about what were the things that related to me,” she said

“I am a lover of art and colour. We all have parts of ourselves that we hide; yet they are always with us. They are our day-to-day reality.”

Hayley’s teacher Emma Constable said her student’s work was pleasing because she was always willing to try new art techniques.

“Hayley is very hard-working and gets on with things.”

“This was the first time I used pastels and I really loved it,” Hayley said.

Hayley completed the artwork on weekends at the school classes offered for gifted art students.

“My tutor at specialist art class on Saturdays helped with the pastels and I spent some time thinking about the image.

“Specialist art is really fun and I love it.”

Hayley said her art had also been inspired by an uncle who was an artist and she hoped to work as an artist when she completed schooling.

“He works with a lot of designs on laptops and photoshop.”

Midland Gate centre manager Jacqueline McKenzie said the judges were delighted with Hayley’s use of balance and tension in her work, noting her “outstanding quality of work for such a young artist”.

Hayley said the canvas was the biggest one she has completed yet in her short art career and she hoped to work with oils and acrylics soon.

Designed to support youth development through contemporary art, HyperVision aims to inspire young artists to explore their skills and encourage active involvement of culture in community.

Works were available for viewing in the shopping centre last month.

Hayley received a $1000 prize from Midland Gate.