De La Salle and Brigidine graduates join ARTEXPRESS

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Nature was alive and well in the works of Sydney Catholic school graduates chosen for ARTEXPRESS.

Brigidine College Randwick graduate Maylene Lam-Hang’s beach landscape photography ‘Escape Through Reflection’ will be on display until March 22 at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, one site to showcase of the best Higher School Certificate Visual Arts major works completed by candidates in 2014.

The photographs taken at Jervis Bay, La Perouse, Maroubra and Brighton Le Sands, feature circular and square mirrors set against sky, sea, and sand to reflect all three.

They are accompanied by a time-lapse video of more than 2000 images, taken five seconds apart over three hours.

“I was very interested in photography before I even started Visual Arts,” Maylene said.

“I really like landscape photography and the mirrors introduced a new perspective. For one photo I had to get up at 5am and at Maroubra I had to wait for three hours doing the time lapses. Sometimes the wind would push the mirrors down and I broke two mirrors.

“I watched my classmates and they were drawing right up to when they had to hand the work in but photography was a bit easier because I had to prepare it before and get them printed and framed.”

Maylene is interested in graphic design and plans to study Visual Communications at The University of Technology, Sydney.

Two graduates from De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla also had their works selected for the exhibition.

Zoe Izzard’s photography series ‘Dryad’ and Heloise Hurst’s painting ‘The Secret Gardeners’ will be on display at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery’s ARTEXPRESS exhibition until March 22.

Zoe’s series of 12 landscape photographs feature a female figure which echoes natural shapes such as mangrove trees, seaweed beds, rocks, and eroded sea cliffs.

They were taken at locations including Bundeena in the Royal National Park and at Blackwood Beach, Cronulla.

Zoe spent about 16 hours a week at gymnastics training and coached younger students at her club while completing the HSC.

“I love the beauty of the human figure because I see it every day through the shapes it gets put into at training, and the strength of athletic figures too,” Zoe said.

“I incorporated nature to look at the fragility of the human figure and of nature as well.

“I used simple costuming so you could focus on the figure in nature.”

Heloise painted a double portrait of Wendy Whiteley’s gardeners, Ruben and Corrado, who have helped to transform a tract of unused council land at Lavender Bay into a colourful, leafy haven.

“I wanted to capture the environment because around it is just city blocks and across the bay is city as well,” she said.

“It’s like this piece of sacred land that Wendy Whitely built up as a garden after Brett [her husband and painter] died. It was a big overgrown mess at the beginning and they turned it into this amazing garden which is public so anyone can walk into it.

“I thought it was very beautiful so I captured that. It’s kind of fragile because it could go at any moment when Wendy passes on.”

Education and Public Programs Co-ordinator at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Kate Milner, said the 50 works on exhibition were selected to reflect the many expressive forms students chose in 2014 and included painting, sculpture and film, also known as time-based work.

“The paintings we’ve selected are really diverse,” Ms Milner said.

“When selecting work we try to find as many examples of different techniques, different issues, and different approaches from realism to abstraction, particularly so it’s beneficial for students who come and look at the exhibition.

“It’s part of our education focus. We’ll also have about seven or eight of the students talking either to the general public or to HSC students who want some inspiration and the hear about the process behind the making of the work.”

ARTEXPRESS is at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery until March 22, Monday to Sunday, 10am- 5pm.

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