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La Salle College students Tamiya Morsbergen-Smith and Ellyssah Summers-Mack with their prize winning pieces.

Top honours for art

By Claire Ottaviano

TWO Middle Swan high school students have taken out two awards at this year’s Secondary Angelico Exhibition.

La Salle College Year 12 student Ellyssah Summers-Mack won the Caritas Award for her work Dichotomy and Year 10 student Tamiya Morsbergen-Smith won a Highly Commended Award for her work Truganini.

Tamiya’s work paid homage to a Tasmanian Aboriginal woman who was a freedom fighter and the last known speaker of the Nuenonne language.

“My mum was my inspiration as she started talking to me about Truganini and allowed me to not only research but express my respect for her through art,” she said.

“The most rewarding part was not only finishing the piece but the recognition of Truganini through my art.

“My art piece got a lot of recognition and caused people to talk about her.”

The artwork was completed through a process called stippling, a drawing technique in which areas of light and shadow are created using dots.

Ellyssah’s sculpture Dichotomy was inspired by the human experience and explored the quote by Oscar Romero “do not aspire to have more, but to be more”.

“We don’t tend to think of ourselves as part of this one thing, and more so as individuals,” she said.

“Just as that there is the individual, there is still some kind of unity between us.

“One side is artificial, the things we’ve made.

“The other side natural, what we co-exist alongside.”

The process to create the work took a bit of trial and error with both 2D and 3D printing.

The Secondary Angelico Exhibition attracted 161 entries from 32 schools, on display at Forrest Centre in Perth in August.

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