This year we undertook an exploration of the meaning and significance of culture through our unit, Future Artefact. Analysing the works of artists such as Ah Xian and Yinka Shonibare, we were able to reflect upon our own culture and implement both theirs and our own ideas into our art making. We began by creating a wallpaper, by which we sketched, digitally translated and refined before printing. Following this, we explored an issue that sparked and sustained our interest. Using photos that we took, we hand drew graphite self-portraits with a range of drawing techniques that we upskilled in. To complete the work, we then used Adobe Photoshop to merge our crafted slogans with our drawings into a finished poster. The final unit of the year provided us the opportunity to deepen the concepts explored in our previous artworks by working with clay to create hand-built ceramic vessels. Our class was fortunate enough to finish the unit strongly despite the time pressures and limitations presented to us by COVID-19.
Combined together, the wallpaper, propaganda poster and ceramic vessel, displayed strong elements of our individual cultural contexts and identities and what we were passionate about exploring.
Written by Rebecca Nebenzahl and Jayda Abrahams
future artefact- ceramic vessels