Students selected to exhibit at the Art Gallery of Western Australia

February 6, 2018 by Susana Wills-Johnson
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Perth’s Carmel School  students Tal Levin and Riley Twyman have been selected to exhibit in the coveted Year 12 Perspectives exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Tal Levin and her work

Year 12 Perspectives is an annual exhibition at the Art Gallery that showcases the most highly skilled artists graduating from high school in the previous year. The exhibition receives around 300 submissions, and approximately 60 are chosen for display. We are thrilled to have two outstanding graduates recognized in this exhibition, both of whom submitted very different pieces for consideration.

Riley Twyman’s art work

Tal Levin has been interested in art for as long as she can remember. As a child, she enjoyed drawing and she became interested in painting, her preferred form of artistic expression, when she started Year 10, inspired by her art teacher Ms Leanne Majzner. “I feel that painting creates vibrant images and is a specialized skill,” she said. Her piece, a series of 3 oil paintings, was conceived to portray the post-colonial experiences of Aboriginal Australians. “The purpose of my piece is to use art to bring to attention that colonisation is not just a tragedy of the past, but has continuing effects on the lives and culture of indigenous Australians”, she says. Tal has long had an interest in the complexities facing Indigenous Australians, which was sparked by the work her father does in Native Title law. The man featured in Tal’s artwork is an artist himself, and someone Tal met through her father’s work. He is thrilled with the final portrait. Tal will spend this year volunteering in Israel and next year she plans to continue exploring her dual interests in the study of people and art by enrolling in a combined anthropology and visual arts degree at Curtin University.

Riley Twyman has been interested in art since he was in Primary School. Attracted to the fun and creative aspects of creating art, Riley likes to use art as an outlet. “I like creating my own things in the art-room and find creative arts a great stress reliever,” he said. His piece is a wooden sculpture designed to reflect on issues facing the world today, most particularly overcrowding and the environmental impact of our growing population. He used the shanty towns of South Africa and Zimbabwe as stimulus for his work. Riley’s preferred artistic medium is sculpture and he chose wood because he has fond memories of growing up connected with nature. “I love to convey my relationship with the physical environment and my desire was to create connection within an urban context. The ability for nature to reclaim the world is a reminder of the ephemerality of existence”, he said. Riley will soon be commencing a Bachelor of Science, majoring in geology and marine science, and plans to continue with his art as a hobby.

The Year 12 Perspectives Exhibition will run from 17 March – 16 July 2018.

 

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