Accomplished Creative Endeavours - Visual Arts


​Etta Jones, QUT Intern was fortunate to meet with Year 12 VIsual Arts students to discuss some of their personal influences that have resulted in their final exhibition pieces.

Year 12 Visual Arts: Ruby Sinclair and Indigo Stuart

For their final exhibition, Year 12 Visual Art students have assembled specific pieces they have created over the past three years to professionally present an exhibit that reflects their creative journey. For students Ruby Sinclair and Indigo Stuart, the ability to make the most of the resources and creative freedom provided by QACI allowed them to evolve their understanding of art, motivating them to form an individual style of art. For Visual Art students, the ability to seek motivation for their art through their experiences allows them to confidently form pieces that have the ability to incite meaning for audiences.

Student Ruby Sinclair started her journey for her final exhibition two years ago where she began collecting found objects to make unconventional jewellery. These materials such as shattered glass, rusted metal and seaside objects became a linking thread throughout all of her artworks, where her desire to create importance for unwanted things became more of a reflection of society, specifically in India. Due to the regularity of Ruby’s visits to India, she began to recognise to the importance of status, where jewellery is often worn to reflect family wealth. Through the use of her found objects and pairing them with semi-precious stones and silver Ruby formed a striking contrast in her jewellery, commentating upon the beauty of the unity of different styles and cultures. For the centre of her exhibition, the jewellery pieces were presented on driftwood sculptures placed on a sand base, almost resembling a small ecosystem intended to reflect India. The unpredictable placement and unsymmetrical nature of the sculptures exposes the overwhelming nature of India, and the need to look closely in order to find hidden gems and beauty. Ruby’s understanding of her artistic style allowed her to find specific objects that had the ability to transform or remain unmanipulated to influence a changed outlook on the world, that discarded items can be given a new life. 

For student Indigo Stuart, her artistic style was fully realised at the end of Year 11 after evolving and refining her skills that reflected her ideas successfully. Growing up a dancer, Indigo’s final exhibition explored her personal identity of dancing into art practice by reflecting upon the notion of muscle memory and the ability for the subconscious mind to lead the body and express emotions. In Indigo’s exhibit, cyanotypes that used x-rays from dance injuries, threads, bobby pins, sequins, buttons, and other knickknacks were used to form an experimental art piece that brought together the subconscious thoughts of a dancer, and repetitive nature of dancers. For her painting, Indigo created an expressive piece using deep blues and reds, using playful hand movements and strokes similar to contemporary dancing moves. The artwork revealed the learning process of a dancer, and the idea that there is always something to improve and learn. The aspect of free-flowing movement was expressed through a floating sculpture where delicate and overlapping objects were suspended to represent overlapping ideas. Separate sculptures were also presented to reflect balance and the importance of a strong foundation in order to build technique. Overall, Indigo’s exhibit connected her art with her dance, and strengthened her understanding of the connectedness of life, which allowed her to evolve and mature throughout her art practice.

For students studying Visual Arts at QACI, the ability to discover and learn about art styles and artists on a deeper level provides a challenge to improve and form connections with their art. Being surrounded by countless materials at QACI provides students with the ability to exhibit work that can be 2 Dimensional, 3 Dimensional or suspended, and make the most of their final exhibit space. Having the time to progress and learn in a supportive and free environment allows students to accomplish creative endeavours with confidence and technical proficiency.

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Last reviewed 12 August 2020
Last updated 12 August 2020