The FAM19 exhibition celebrates the works of undergraduate and Honours students studying the Fine Art Major at the UWA School of Design. Each student will showcase an artwork that reflects what they have learned and experienced throughout their degree. This exhibition truly demonstrates the diversity of UWA Fine Art students, with their various backgrounds, and studies within inter-faculty broadening units and second majors.

A major take-away from our degree is that making art gives voices to those who are otherwise unheard, and in ways that anyone can relate; this is why we believe it is so important to support the arts. The exhibition will showcase our diverse range of personalities, interests and beliefs in multiple art forms, including but not limited to painting; film; performance; photography; illustration; sculpture; and installation works.

The following is a sample of what you can expect to see in the exhibition, in the words of the artists themselves.

Johan Sulaiman

Fine Art

Shadow in the Hive

2019

Acrylic paint, charcoal, clay, chalk, pollen on MDF board

120cm x 90cm

My practice has mainly been focused on expressionist and abstract illustration using different kinds of materials. However, over the course of my Fine Arts Major, I’ve been supported in pursuing other mediums such as video, performance and installation.

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Amy Reid

Fine Art, Art History

‘Take Up Arms!’

2019

Wearable textile

‘Take Up Arms!’ celebrates op shops’ sustainability, affordability and ability to make a difference. Reid’s “coat of arms” symbolises her passion for recycled fashion. Weighing over 7kg, Reid’s laughable coat showcases the ridiculously serious weight behind the plight of fast fashion. Take up arms against a sea of troubles! A battle cry, calling YOU to fight fast fashion – for good.

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Patrick Culbert 

Fine Art, Philosophy

My Annoying Roommate: The Apocalypse (Spread pages)

2019

Digitally rendered ink on paper

This piece is part of a mini comic collection and bedroom installation. It is the story of a young adult who finds out the world is ending in 18 months. In that time, she carries on with her life, living the best and worst moments along with the everyday mundanity. Over the months, the growing anxiety starts to weigh on her.

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S.L

Fine Art

Cylhouette

2019

Video projection, acrylic sheet, laptop screen

Cylhouette is an introspection of anonymity and how it can empower abusers to destabilize their victims—reflecting on my own personal experiences.

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Annie Huang

Fine Arts Honours

Without 境

2019

Video animation projected on objects

My practice references my own background as a second-generation Chinese-Australian, drawing on the feelings of alienation and displacement. Without 境 (borders) works to engage the viewer in the ambiguous yet strangely familiar nature of home and identity.

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Piper Tierney

Fine Arts, Communications and Media Studies

Espousal of digital dependence

2019

Laser etched Perspex, html JavaScript poetics, blue light projections.

Chipboard, 150cmx120cm

The Espousal of digital dependence explores the mundane act of exploring the vicissitudes on the internet and how various technologies (such as html coding poetics) become the catalyst of this sculptural self-portrait. The absorption of virtual worlds is reformed into a digital playground, made from rigid weld mesh entwined with touches of playful saturated hues.

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For more information about the event, head to the ‘UWA FAM Graduating Show 2019’ Facebook page, at https://www.facebook.com/events/518012568778303/.

Words by Emilie Monty

All art featured is credit to the owners listed.