Throughout Term 2, Grade 9 students responded to the theme of “Layers,” both in technique (layering materials/processes) and conceptually (layers of emotion, in society, construction, growth). Students attempted to reinvent a typically traditional subject matter through the idea of layering and making personal connections.
Students explored the following Inquiry Statement through research, analysis, practical experimentation, idea generation and the final realisation of their intentions...
Mixed-media breaks the boundaries of art disciplines, as art can be made of anything or any combination of things.
As an initial starting point, students researched and considered how mixed-media has changed over time and how the Cubists encouraged a shift in attitude towards such artworks. Looking more closely at the work of Sigmar Polke, students then experimented with several wet-media techniques to recreate the layered aesthetic of Polke’s work.
Through these experimental processes, students were able to develop their own meanings and messages in response to the theme. The range of concepts was vast. From the layers of apparent liberty in western cultures, to the layers one's own emotions and character. Or the layers of the subconscious blurring memories and dreams. And the layers and knock-on effects of the destruction of our natural environment.
The resulting artworks fully realise the students sophisticated and imaginative intentions. Well done, Grade 9 artists!