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Year 10 student Filipe Buli is Artist of the Month for September.
Filipe enrolled at the College in Year 8, moving into boarding from Emerald. He has studied visual art in both Semester 1 and 2 this year. Producing drawings, photographs, a graphic design which was printed to a mug and etchings he has become a highly skilled artist.
His innovative ink drawing of the Yeppoon Disaster Co-ordination Centre is currently on display in the student gallery. Recently he has been developing inventive media application techniques for a drypoint etching series, throwing cotton balls of ink at his resolved intaglio print.
The unit titled ‘Layers and Surfaces’ requires students to explore a contemporary social justice issue. Inspired by examining the artworks of Indigenous artist Gordon Hookey, Filipe chose the Black Lives Matter movement to create an edition of prints. An excerpt from his Artist’s Statement can be read below:
My artwork has communicated the social justice issue of racism. Looking at my artworks they show images of a protest and citizens bending one knee, there is a chain of people holding hands together, the BLM letters and a fist. Respectfully I chose the images of holding hands because we need to stand together and stop spreading racism and being racist towards others due to the colour of their skin. The choice of images effects the audience’s experience by showing we need to stand together, which is communicated by the artwork.
St Brendan’s College Art Department has recently repurposed an area of the Ambrose Treacy Centre into a small Art Gallery as a platform to showcase student works.