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Visual arts Honours exhibition set to open

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Sharlene King
Published
16 November 2011

A range of diverse and engaging artworks will be on show this week when the 2011 Visual Arts Honours Students Graduation Exhibition opens on Friday, November 18 at 6pm in Southern Cross University’s V Block at the Lismore campus.

The five Honours students exhibiting their work are:

Julie Barratt, MY FATHER IS (NOT) A HANDKERCHIEF
Toni Bradshaw, A REIMAGINING OF LIVED LANDSCAPES
Lindsay Moffatt, PAINTING REALISM AND UNPACKING THE SPECTACLE
Tiffany Sassafrass, WHAT REALLY MATTERS
Freya Tripp, EMPIRE OF ILLUSION

Course co-ordinator John Smith said the Bachelor of Visual Arts Honours program enabled students to take their work to a higher level through research training and the development of their professional gallery installation practice.

He described this year’s exhibition as engaging and diverse.

“Honours projects typically have a resonant personal, social and cultural currency. They indicate the depth of engagement with the world that can be achieved through contemporary art practice by these emerging artists,” Mr Smith said.

“As an exhibition, the five artists have provided a broad range of aesthetically engaging experiences, intellectually challenging propositions and creative resolutions.”

Tiffany Sassafrass will be exhibiting her work, ‘What really matters’, a multidisciplinary work using performance, installation, photography, drawing, video, use of found objects, sound and non-traditional media.

“My interest lies in consciously performing, observing, reflecting upon and using my bodily gestures,” said Tiffany.

“Specifically I have chosen to focus on my ‘performing’ body as a source, a process and a medium through which creative outcomes can be expressed.”

Julie Barratt described her work, ‘My father is (not) a handkerchief’, as a studio-driven visual arts research project that “documents a journey through grief and the obsessive search to make meaning from the experience of loss”.

“My exploration is twofold,” Julie said.

“One explores the generic role of transitional objects in the grieving process. Two, is an investigation into the handkerchief as a transitional object in my grieving process.”

Full artist abstracts for Tiffany Sassafrass, Julie Barratt and the other students are available upon request.

The Visual Arts Honors Students Graduation Exhibition opens 6pm to 8pm on Friday, November 18 in the Visual Arts ‘V’ Block, Military Road, Lismore campus.

The exhibition continues from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, November 19 through to Friday November 26.

For more information about the exhibition contact 02 6620 3831.

Photo: Honours visual art student Tiffany Sassafrass.


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