Young artists claim St George art prize

JACQUI O'LEARYSound Telegraph

Living Waters Lutheran College seniors, Ana Spriggs, 17, and Shianne Pursell, 16, have both won awards for their entries in the St George Art Awards.

The Warnbro students created exceptionally evocative pieces of work and have performed incredibly well as only three entries were allowed from each school, art teacher Marilyn Proctor said.

Shianne Pursell created a city in a dome artwork which was entered into the 3D category.

“It’s called The World Submerged and my artistic inspirations were Georgia O’Keefe and Ruth Waller,” Shianne said.

“I am very passionate about environmental issues and my piece was a social comment on global warming and a changing world.

“The bubbles solidified represent water levels rising and the world heating.”

Ana Spriggs created a digital print entitled Creation of Technology using Photoshop and her inspiration came directly from Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam.

“The original painting in the cathedral interested me greatly and I wanted to explore the good and bad side of technology,” Ana said.

She said we live in a very technologically orientated world and it had given birth to good things we use in our life, but there was also room for the dark side as well.

“The man with the tattoos represented all of the evil things people can do with technology such as lie, cheat or commit crimes,” she said.

Both students have taken on art subjects with a passion through primary school and have chosen to take their study further in their senior years.

Ms Proctor said the girls winning prizes in two different categories was a particularly great achievement and they should be proud of the works they created.

The artworks will be displayed in the St Georges Cathedral in Perth and the girls plan to keep their artworks.

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