Academic journal article Social Alternatives

Presenting Four Student Works from the Exhibition, 'Vivid' - a Visual Commentary on the 'World We Live'

Academic journal article Social Alternatives

Presenting Four Student Works from the Exhibition, 'Vivid' - a Visual Commentary on the 'World We Live'

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Daniel Hine, University of the Sunshine Coast

Lifestyle means something different to each person - be it entertainment, relaxing or studying or other activities. Ultimately, the lifestyle you choose is a reflection of your inner being, and what you choose to do with your life. Sadly, our current culture asks people to work longer hours and have less free time to relax and be with family, resulting in a constant work-based lifestyle.

My work addresses the contrast between work and the desire for a better lifestyle. Here, my aim is to evoke a feeling of calm and serenity because sometimes you just need to pause and breathe.

Susan Bohmer, University of the Sunshine Coast

I find that animals truly represent the spirit of the natural world. I wanted my illustrations to have a lighthearted and playful tone that expresses an animal's personality. Based on the popular Pictionary game, each drawing in the series gives you clues to the name of another animal. Some of them are quite obvious, but others not so much!

I started by finding animals with names that could be dissected into other words such as 'jellyfish' or 'earwig'. These words had to be interesting enough to be illustrated in a humourous way. I drew each animal and created the final construction using the software program, Photoshop and tracing with a digital drawing tablet. The obscurity and visual interactivity involved in the animal puzzles make very entertaining artworks.

Damien Paddick, University of the Sunshine Coast

What I wanted to achieve with this piece is to create a world where anything can happen - an open ended story, an imagination running free. …

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