Talented Year 12 students at Bega High School have been recognised in state-level competitions.
Julien Comer-Kleine has been accepted into ArtExpress, which is an annual exhibition of exemplary artworks created by students for the Higher School Certificate examination in Visual Arts.
As he packed up his work – titled Agoraphobia – at the school on Monday he said he was pretty surprised to make it into the exhibition.
“I only heard this morning and it had taken so long to find out I assumed I hadn’t got in!” he said.
“It’s pretty great, because I want to audition for the Victorian College of the Arts.”
The Springvale resident’s artwork uses paper, light and sound.
Mr Comer-Kleine cut out paper sculptures, placed them in dark boxes with a viewing hole, then lit the subjects. He also made sounds that play in each of his three creations.
“I’ve always liked cutting paper and using light in different ways,” he said.
I’ve always liked cutting paper and using light in different ways.- Julien Comer-Kleine
Agoraphobia means fear of open or public places and Mr Comer-Kleine said his artwork explores the ideas of isolation and seclusion that reflect the human inclination to hide from what seems to be unnatural.
Art teacher at the school Chris Blewett said the artwork gives an emotional viewing.
“You really capture the sense of isolation and loneliness that’s going on,” he said.
The artwork will possibly be displayed in galleries around Australia.
Mr Comer-Kleine is not the only one from his school whose talents have been recognised.
Sally Higgins, Jazymn Carter and Isabelle Champagne-Chittick have been nominated for OnSTAGE – a presentation of performances and projects by HSC Drama students - for their group performance.
Ms Carter was also nominated for her original choreography for Callback, a showcase of original dance performances.
Abbee Suffern was nominated for the ENCORE concert, which is a program of outstanding performances and compositions from HSC Music and is held at the Sydney Opera House.
An Industrial Technology timber work by Irah Shilling has been nominated for the InTech display of HSC works in Sydney.
Also, Ben Mead was a recipient of a major prize in the 2016 NSW Year 12 Engineering Studies competition.