Zahra Boyd – A Quiet Achiever
At QACI we love to learn and find inspiration from our students. Join us as we spend 5 minutes on the couch with Year 12 student Zahra Boyd.
What were you trying to achieve with this painting?
My original idea stemmed from an organism called an Amoeba, which I came across while bush walking. It branches itself out and creates chemical trails that resemble a map. From this I looked ritualistic behaviour of travel and how what I see when I travel becomes reflected in my art. The amoeba appears in my painting as an abstract pool of paint, which also shows the decaying forest as I saw it.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
If I have an idea or direction, I often like to work on art, but I also enjoy looking at other artists work, reading about animals or watching random educational videos.
Who is an artist that inspires you and why?
It is difficult to pick just one because there are so many that I would like to learn from, however the artists that influenced this painting are Stephen Bush and James McCarthy.
What would you like to learn if you could?
Many things, from what happens to the mind or conscience after death… to what type of strange bird I keep hearing outside my house.
What inspires you?
The stories I read as a child and the natural world inspires me a lot. I like to take notice of the life that's around me. This often leads to my fantasy paintings because what I see in nature becomes mixed in with my imagination.
Where would you like to be in five years time?
I would just like to be happy and doing what I love. Hopefully that is creating things through art.
What motto do you live by?
I don't really live by a motto, as I am still learning about living.