ALEX Parker wanted to represent all sides of the gun control debate with her artwork.
The Penrhos College graduate and Kensington resident, 17, is among the former high school students chosen to have their work included in the Art Gallery of WA’s Year 12 Perspectives exhibition.
“When I was first coming up with the idea I wanted to do a story that was both personal and current,” she said.
“People know the arguments about guns and for me it connects to my family because I remember visiting my grandparents in Bridgetown and seeing their gun cabinet, my grandad only used it to get rid of pests.”
Alex’s artwork includes a collage of newspaper clippings, a photo and several drawings of key figures related to gun control or gun violence such as Barack Obama, John Howard and Ivan Milat.
“I didn’t expect to come up with several bits but I wanted to tell all sides of the issue, whether it was the historical rights in America, to the way guns can be a part of people’s lifestyles as well as the power and control they represent.
“I had friends who were blown away by the drawings and they commented that it was different, I wanted to do something that was not cliché.
“It was the decision of my art teacher at school to submit the artwork and I was so surprised when I found out it would be included in the exhibition.”
Alex said she would not study art at university but wanted to keep making art.
“I’ve always enjoyed drawing and creating art so I’d like continue doing that, I’m a perfectionist and I love capturing life as it is,” she said.