Representing Values, Pondering Utopia and Authentic Connections

Written by: Liz Marazzato

The exhibition we viewed last Thursday was one of the most connected to our philosophy at Bold Park I have experienced in my eight years here as an educator. The artists on show embrace traditional visual art techniques and couple it with new technology reflecting the use of art as a problem-solving tool. The concepts behind the work are a connectedness to nature; themes of endangerment of animals, living in harmony with nature and aligning ourselves to nature’s cycle are all present here.

It was exciting to view a visual representation of our values so succinctly. Having viewed the show for myself last November, I jumped at the chance of a creative workshop offered to school students by Form WA. Facilitated by Lamis Sabra, the students were engaged in activities asking them to look deeply into the artworks and to arrive at their own answers and ideas. They were then asked to respond (through making) to the same statement that the artists did when creating their artworks.

“A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realisation of Utopias.” Oscar Wilde, 1910.

In our short time at the Goods Shed, Lamis succeeded in drawing out a trickle of the student’s own concepts mapped against this most enormous of ideas. Through the unit ‘Realise a Creative Project’ in our Cert IV Design program, it is my hope that we will be turning these trickles into raging rivers.

 

–       Rory Henderson (photography)

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