The Loreto Marryatville Art Department were delighted to accept an invitation to exhibit in the Catholic Education Office Art Space at Thebarton in South Australia. Exhibiting student art celebrates the fresh perspectives of young minds and the future they represent. Exhibitions are tangible evidence of creative learning and the joy that art and artistic expression can bring to our lives.
Year 9 visual art students immersed themselves in the story of Mary Ward’s life. Their investigation took them beyond familiar well-known facts and images to identify with the young Mary Ward who showed tremendous courage and hope in facing disappointments and persecution. Our students were inspired by her faith and tenacity in facing 17th century challenges and drew parallels with the lives of contemporary women who advocate for issues of justice and equality.
Inspired by artist, Thomas Doyle and collaborative duo, Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz, the students each took one aspect of Mary Ward’s life story and created a ‘miniature world’, ensuring that their stylised approach and attention to detail communicated their concept visually.
Audiences were beckoned to engage with the miniature artworks, look closely and become more intimately connected within each scenario. Photographs enable the viewer to appreciate the concepts in a more conventional way, zooming into details, utilising light favourably.
This exhibition was opened by Helen O’Brien, the South Australian Director of Catholic Education, who spoke warmly to the students about the joy their work brings to people in the Catholic Education Office.
In quoting Picasso, ‘The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls’, Helen O’Brien drew our students’ attention to the significance of their engagement in the legacy of Mary Ward and Visual Art’s contribution to the holistic development of their learning. Developing multiple, imaginative solutions to problems is applicable in any subject and transferable to any field or life experience.
Words: Suzanne Randell and Jacky Hamilton, Loreto Marryatville Visual Art Department
Please click on the images below to see a few examples of the students artworks.
Ruby McEvoy – Determined and Empowered
Ruby McEvoy – Determined and Empowered Detail
Holly McRae – Spreading the word
Jacinta Beltrame – What is inside is all that counts