Fairvale High School students display major art works

The life of a year 12 art student often means working on your project in the morning, during lunch time, after school (and sometimes even during other classes).

This week the Champion were invited to see the finish products at Fairvale High School’s HSC Body of Works Artwork Exhibition. We caught up with three students who had artworks displayed. They will be taken away to be judged in the coming weeks.

Fruity work: Fairvale High School student Penny Nguyen, 17, of Cabramatta, with her artwork Trái Cây. Pictures: Chris Lane

Fruity work: Fairvale High School student Penny Nguyen, 17, of Cabramatta, with her artwork Trái Cây. Pictures: Chris Lane

Penny Nguyen, 17 Cabramatta

Art work: Trái Cây

Penny’s artwork explores exotic fruits (trái cây) from south-east Asia. It focuses on the structural features, focuses on eccentric colours and peculiar texture of five fruits including custard apple, dragon fruit and durian.

“Since I was young I have found it facilitating how each trái cây was individually unique in their own way, from its exterior to interior,” she said. “As an Asian living in a Vietnamese community, I grew up with these fruits and I found it interesting that not many people know about them.”

Each fruit is featured in a series of five drawings and photos showing a range of different features. She even froze each fruit for a different texture.

Her artwork took the best part of nine months working on it on average four hours a week.

Blast from the past: Jane Asher, 18, of Smithfield, with the two elements of her art work – the book and the video.

Blast from the past: Jane Asher, 18, of Smithfield, with the two elements of her art work – the book and the video.

Jane Asher, 18 Smithfield

Art work: Deceased Estate 

Jane feels a deeper connection to her grandparents after completing her major work. Her work shows the two sides of her grandparents deceased estate.

“Firstly by giving an insight into their lives in the book through symbols and then by using the video to showcase the holistic, current abandonment of the house” she said.

The book is a series of photos and resembles a journal of the past. The video presents the full extent of the emptiness and decay. Jane worked closely with her mum to discover things she never knew about her grandparents for the project which she began last year. She wants to study photography next year at university.

Dot: Elda Esho, of Fairfield Heights, looks at her work at Fairvale's HSC art exhibition. Her work features objects which have been made from dots.

Dot: Elda Esho, of Fairfield Heights, looks at her work at Fairvale's HSC art exhibition. Her work features objects which have been made from dots.

Elda Esho, 17 Fairfield Heights

Art work: The anatomy of a dot

Elda’s art work began with a single dot – literally. It has now grown into a obsession. 

Inspired by artist Angus Fisher, her work features objects using the stippling art technique of thousands of tiny hand-drawn dots.

“The shapes are things I find in my surrounds that inspire me,” she said. “I can spend hours dotting. Each piece can take up to four weeks.”

“It uses different patterns, shapes, lines and shading to create layers.”