“the concept of things being transitory, existing only briefly. Typically, the term ephemeral is used to describe objects found in nature, although it can describe a wide range of things, including human artefacts intentionally made to last for only a temporary time.”
On entering The Fragility of Nature Exhibition, the sheer volume of work was striking. Closer inspection revealed a dazzling depth and range of work on display.
This Exhibition is the culmination of a series of educational programs undertaken throughout 2018 by SGCS Visual Arts and Multimedia students in Years 9, 10 and 11 under the tutorage of SGCS Visual Art Teacher, Mrs Louisa Cunningham and SGCS Visual Art and Multimedia Teacher, Mrs Emma Perry.
The educational programs included atwo-day artist residential at the Bundanon Trust, an artist excursion to Bundeena and Cockatoo Island, a range of campus art making workshops and classroom learning.
The Exhibition was set within the SGCS Hall. However, the Hall bore little resemblance to an assembly space, imbuing the ambiance of an art gallery. The space transformed through the creative use of the operable wall, furniture placement, display panels, maker tables, lighting and music.
Within this setting, guests, students and staff were able to wander the gallery viewing the works displayed by class and activity, to the sound of beautiful music.
Spanning more than 350 inspiring, thought-provoking and at times masterful art works the exhibition revealed the students reflections on the innate, ephemeral qualities of nature. Sculpture, weaving, ceramics, printmaking, drawing and painting were just some of the mediums used by the students to convey their ideas.
Upon exiting the Exhibition, I am sure that many guests had a newfound interest in foliage, along with a healthy appreciation for the quality of work created, when one is inspired.