During the month of September I spent 10 days with the St.Ignatius year 8’s as their artist in residence. After introducing them to my own work and processes for working they paired up to create sculptures out of everyday materials such as pop sticks, straws and paper plates. Their project objectives were to explore the idea of transforming banal everyday materials into something unknown or unfamiliar. I asked the students not to plan what they wanted to make nor be motivated by narrative or representation, which is quite contradictory to how they are normally taught to think and work at school. Rather, they were to play with and explore a variety of materials investigating options for repetition, texture, movement, line, colour and 3D form. Once satisfied with their experiments they allowed their forms to organically evolve into larger sculptures. Below are some examples of finished works. In between classes I also worked on my own piece titled ‘As if by magic’ 2014. This gave the students from all year levels the opportunity to observe me whilst working and also engage in conversations about what I make, what they were interested in and what it is to be a practicing artist. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at St. Ignatius and would like to thank the school for having me. The students excelled at what was quite a challenging task and I was thrilled with the results.
St. Ignatius Residency : September 2014