Amy Nairn, Inner Self, 2015, pen, ink, watercolour, tea and coffee. Dallellup College, Year 11, winner of Iluka Visions Framer’s Choice Award 2015
Iluka Visions is BRAG’s annual exhibition of high school art from around the South West. Laura Bruton, a young artist and intern at BRAG, looks back over the 2015 installment of this important exhibition, and reflects on some of the most memorable artworks for her.
Guest blogger: Laura Bruton
Iluka Visions has always been a goal to aspire towards for me, being an artist myself. It’s always full of the ideas of broad and creative minds, and this year is no exception. It’s mind-blowing the talent that’s demonstrated by the students in these exhibitions, and this year has been one of my own personal favorites.
Erin Bayliss, Barbarity, 2015, lino print and mixed media. Bunbury Catholic College, Year 12
Though all of the artworks now rest in my book of favorites, some in particular were very eye catching. One such artwork was a piece titled “Barbarity”, by Erin Bayliss. This piece was a triptych using lino print and mixed media. It depicts three gruesome scenes, presented in meat trays like products, that I believe reflect on the cruelty of human kind. The first section is the image of a figure trapped in a small cage, cut and bruised; this image appears synonymous with the practice of slavery. The second image is that of a woman being killed with a harpoon as her child watches. This image is akin to the whaling incidents that occurred in Japan a few years ago. The last panel is the image of a mother, father, and child, hanging on meat hooks. This image, paired with the label on the ‘product’ – “PRICE: The loss of a generation” – pushes me to think that this has something to do with the Stolen Generation tragedy in Australia’s history.
Amy Nairn, Bird Study, 2015, pen, ink tea and coffee. Dalyellup College Year 11, winner of Iluka Visions Year 11 Award 2015
I saw a few familiar names and art styles in this year’s exhibition, including that of Amy Nairn and her works “Bird Study” and “Inner Self”, which both won awards. I’ve always been a fan of Amy’s work, and to see her appear in this year’s Iluka Visions exhibition was definitely a highlight. I actually watched her artwork take shape, as I was part of Amy’s art class earlier in the school year. She’s incredibly good at drawing feathers, and her work has a very rustic, organic feel to it, which is something I really love.
Overall, this year’s Iluka Visions exhibition, like all of its predecessors, is a sight to see. There’s plenty of new, fresh talent in every aspect of the works.