Fairvale High School artists find sweet success

Works of art: Fairvale High School year 12 HSC students Sharna Webb (front) and Mia Miladinovic . Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Works of art: Fairvale High School year 12 HSC students Sharna Webb (front) and Mia Miladinovic . Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

FAIRVALE High School's year 12 visual arts students have a lot to be proud of after their artwork was showcased in this year's annual HSC Body of Works exhibition.

More than 30 pieces of work feature in the exhibition, which was launched last Wednesday night at the school's J.J. Foley Centre.

Works on display include paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and designed objects.

They make up 50 per cent of the students' marks for HSC Visual Arts.

Sharna Webb, 18, said her artwork, Everything comes with a price, was about the different levels of addiction people have to sugar and how it could escalate to dangerous levels.

"I have explored this idea in my artwork by using mixed media to create a Victorian terrace-style candy shop, with each level being symbolic of the varying stages of an addiction," she said.

"The first level shows temptations and desires people have towards sweets. As the addiction develops, the consequences become severe such as people developing heart disease, diabetes or cellulite.

"The third level shows how people lose control resulting in them requiring medication."

She spent hours researching the effects of sugar before starting her piece last December.

Classmate Mia Miladinovic's artwork, Triptych: The Holy Trinity, is an exploration of pop culture and religion.

"My artwork consists of three pop culture icons — Cher, Dolly Parton and Joan Rivers — depicted as saints in a traditional triptych," she said.

"Through my artwork, I have attempted to express how society's worship of pop culture icons today can be compared to the traditional worship of saints."

Visual arts teacher Carla Haberecht said she was proud of her students.

"They put a lot of hard work, time and effort into it so we are very proud of what they have achieved," she said.

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