In exploring some of the key themes of Australian Art, students investigated the various cultural and historical elements central to the connections between land, landscape, home and identity. Students examined the practices of Judy Watson Napangardi, Judy Watson, John Wolseley and Howard Arkeley in order to recognise similarities and distinctions in the ways these artists connect with their surroundings and explore their own identities within them. Students then generated these large-scale paintings by drawing upon Google satellite imagery as well as historical and cultural research into their own neighbourhoods. Students needed to embrace a range of collaborative artmaking strategies to ensure their final painting was cohesive and communicated their different perspectives of the land and of suburban contexts and identities.
Students began their journey into abstraction via a philosophical exploration of the differences between the figurative, concrete, symbolic and conceptual nature of our world. They then sought to capture the energy and dynamic of a musical instrument with references to Pablo Picasso's Cubist practice.