Sculpture makes its mark on KHS students
The process of art creation holds the key to countless benefits, and as Katoomba High School students can attest, it can also take the edge off the stress of high school life.
Over 25 elective arts students at Katoomba High School pulled together their creative abilities to craft a compelling installation for Sculpture at Scenic World, marking the first time school students have been shortlisted to exhibit in the highly coveted exhibition.
Their installation, Tread Lightly, Listen Deeply, comprises two domes which are reminiscent of dwelling shapes, separated by a portal which represents the concept of past and present.
Built entirely from natural materials to reflect the organic forms found in the environment, the installation also taps into the students’ deep connection to the land, cultural experiences and mindfulness practice.
As Michelle Paulley from Katoomba High School explained, the collaborative art making process has allowed students to explore their connection to the natural environment.
“It also gives students the freedom to express themselves, explore their creativity, and be mindful of their surroundings,” she said.
Year 10 KHS student, Anastasia Haskew, said the process of making art has been a reflective experience which has allowed her to better understand herself and others.
“Art is a form of expression that goes beyond having to find worlds; it is universal and can be interpreted in many ways despite language or age,” she said.
“I like being able to clear my mind and relax,” Year 10 student, Zoe Duff added.
KHS student, Charlotte Ebbings, said Tread Lightly, Listen Deeplywas inspired by the work of British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy and explored the students’ connection to land and Indigenous culture.
“We want people to be intrigued when they see this artwork,” Charlotte said. “Art has existed forever and we want people to consider the purity of these things and how they may have been created centuries ago.”
Sculpture at Scenic World Exhibition Curator Justin Morrissey congratulated the students on their artwork which was shortlisted from over 100 submissions from local, national and international artists.
“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the talents of local students to visitors from across the globe,” he said, adding that Tread Lightly, Listen Deeply has been well received since the exhibition launched on April 13.
“It has been a privilege to work alongside the creative minds of KHS students, and no doubt there are many budding artists among them.”
Tread Lightly, Listen Deeply will be showcased at Sculpture at Scenic World until May 13.
Image caption: Charlotte Ebbings and April Neale played a lead role in the creation of Tread Lightly, Listen Deeply.