We are delighted to celebrate the achievement of Mitsuki (Exeter, Year 12) whose GCSE art project was recognised by the Boarding School's Association in its annual Supporting Excellence Awards.
The BSA site states, 'First held in 2018, the BSA Awards celebrate the achievements, hard work, and dedication of schools and individuals to boarding.'
Mitsuki was nominated for the category Best New Artwork Project and, following submission of her GCSE unit of work, was awarded Highly Commended from the panel of judges.
Mitsuki's project submission was as follows;
"For this project, I decided to look into the technique of morphing distorted portraits using photoshop, largely inspired by the artist Carl Beazley. The process started off with a general mindmap to figure out themes I’d like to explore; different versions of myself, and how time, place, and frame of mind can all influence me. Past versions of myself, for example, set my future self incredibly high expectations and ambitious aims which I have come to realize are unrealistic; the final outcome where I am holding up a head, portrays this pressure, past expectations and goals cast upon me. The other blue final outcome represents acceptance, where I attempted to capture that feeling of relief and knowing that these different versions of me and my aims have all led up to where I am now, and that I don’t necessarily need to take it as a form of negative stress. Throughout the project, I have looked into different techniques and media to see which best worked with my idea of morphing faces before deciding on oil paint; experiments and process outcomes done by relief carving, pen and ink, watercolour are all within the evidence pages."
Mr Evans, Head of the Visual Art Department, praised Mitsuki's work;
"Mitsuki thoroughly demonstrated exceptional creativity, flair, imagination and control of media in the realisation of her studies into the theme Portraits. She has experimented in a variety of media including ceramics, drawn media, Photoshop and oil paint. Her final outcome, an oil painting rendered on top of textured canvas, demonstrates exceptional accuracy with regards to the application of skin tones, albeit in an intentionally distorted, yet subtle, colour pallet."
Attached are the pieces of Mitsuki's project.
Aiglon is blessed with a number of talented artists, and we invite you to enjoy the exhibition works of our Year 11 and 13 students below: