Mowanjum Workshop with PSC’s Peter Hatzipavlis

Outside Derby in Western Australia, the Worrorra, Ngarinyin, and Wunumbal tribes make up the Mowanjum community. At the heart of this community is the Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre; a creative hub where old and young come together to create and inspire one another.

 

Mowanjum Festival

 

Next week our very own print master Peter Hatzipavlis, will be travelling to North-Western Australia for a workshop with artists in the community as they respond to the theme of Micro Macro Country. The microscopic and macroscopic interpretations of the Kimberley will be translated through a range of creative mediums, where Peter will develop their processing skills to print contemporary art on merchandise; these products will be sold in the Culture Centre.

We’re incredibly excited and proud to be supporting this workshop! Remember to follow us on Instagram to keep up-to-date on all of the happenings next week!

 

 

Feature Friday 17th May 2017: Marvellous Melbourne

For the 6th year in a row, Melbourne has topped The Economist list of the worlds most liveable cities. (Yay)
Highlighting Melbourne’s love of sport, the arts, it’s beautiful parks and gardens, fashion, festivals, laneways and street-cafe life, transport, shipping industry and it’s distinctive architecture is ‘Marvellous Melbourne- It’s Art and Soul’ exhibition.

With 27 Victorian artists capturing the city in paintings, photographs, drawings and prints; this exhibition on display at the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf is a show of the uniqueness of Melbourne.

 

We’re proud to hear that former PSC students Angela Miller and Hiroki Nagahiro as well as current student James Thorn are involved in this exhibition. Open all day, every day and free of charge, this is a great opportunity to see some work by wonderful artists.

Marvellous Melbourne will be on display from now until May 25th at the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf (2 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf) where it is presented by OzLink Entertainment and Hilton Melbourne South Wharf.

 

 

 

 

Angela Miller

Wednesday Feature 15th March: Pam Morris

Today’ feature is Pam Morris who completed stage four of the part time course last year. Her final folio ‘Window of Opportunity’ shows a photo essay highlighting opportunities for society to minimise waste and optimise reuse.

Pam Morris, ‘Window of Opportunity’, 2016

 

“Our technologically advanced society accepts organ transplants as being commonplace. We recognise the enormous benefits of harvesting healthy body organs from the dying, to potentiate the lives of the living. By taking this concept of recycling discarded items from the ‘outmoded’, to rebirth them in the ‘new’; across other facets of our lives, using the building industry as an example of one place we can all start”

Pam Morris, ‘Window of Opportunity’, 2016

 

“Over the past decade our major Australian capital cities have experienced a massive building boom, as local and overseas investors have bought up choice suburban properties for high density development.  The most lucrative properties are those with large blocks, close to the city and public transport, which unfortunately tend to belong to our city’s older heritage housing stock.”‘

Pam Morris, ‘Window of Opportunity’, 2016

“These hand-crafted historic homes are being rapidly replaced with a swathe of modern multi-development town houses.  Whilst we mourn the loss of these unique beautiful old homes, we often fail to consider the secondary more insidious environmental impact of their demolition generating tonnes of building rubble. It is estimated that over 90% of building demolition waste ends up in landfill, which overtime will become a significant environmental hazard as it decomposes and leaches toxins and hazardous substances into our soil and ground water. Although over the last 30 years there has been an increased public awareness of optimising our domestic use of renewable energy and recycling our household garbage, unfortunately the building industry has generally been very slow in adopting a reduce, reuse and recycle philosophy; primarily because it is just not profitable.”

Pam Morris, ‘Window of Opportunity’, 2016

“Ultimately it comes down to us as consumers to reduce the waste in the first place by retaining our structurally sound buildings but if we do have to rebuild, then create sufficient market demand so that architects, designers and builders optimise recycled or reused materials as standard practice in their construction process.

Pam Morris, ‘Window of Opportunity’, 2016

 

 

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Tuesday Feature 14th March 2017: Caitlin Gartside

Today’s feature is on fine-art student Caitlin Gartside, whose on-going work focuses on introspection and mental illness.

Caitlin Gartside, 2016

 

Caitlin completed her studies at PSC last year majoring in art photography in the bachelor course, now her work is on display at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre for the rest of March, open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 6:30pm. Check out the exhibition ‘Elements’ at our celebratory night tomorrow night from 6 – 8pm at 210 Lonsdale street, Melbourne. Follow Caitlin on Instagram for more of her work

Caitlin Gartside, 2016

 

“I see myself as a person with flaws that outweigh any good traits I may possess, a burden despite reassurance, and a failure regardless of evidence of success. I feel as though I am systematically betrayed by my malfunctioning and unconscious cognitive processes. Understandably, I then tend to project these negative feelings onto those around me and I assume that their judgements of me align with my biased judgments of myself.”

Caitlin Gartside, 2016

Feature Friday 10th March 2017: Jade Byrnes

No stranger to photo books, Jade Byrnes’ graduating folio ‘Kinglake’ found her as a finalist in the Australian Photo Book of The Year Awards; as well as being nominated for the MACK First Book Award. The documentary series looking at trauma within the landscape, was also exhibited at the Centre for Contemporary Photography where it received the award for Best Self-Published Photo Book.

 

Jade Byrnes, ‘Kinglake’, 2016

 

Jade finished her studies at PSC last year dedicating her year-long folio to Kinglake… 

“Like many other Australian towns, Kinglake; a town located in the shire of Murrindindi 65km north of Melbourne, has a long history of bushfires. It consists of farmland, forests, national parks and a small township. The most recent and severe bushfire that affected the area was the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfire, which took many lives, destroyed more than a hundred-thousand hectares of land and displaced hundreds of people.”

Jade Byrnes, ‘Kinglake’, 2016

“Studies have shown that due to climate change, fires in Victoria, Australia, are more likely to occur every two to three years, rather than every thirty years, as was the case 100 years ago. Kinglake is about the aftermath of fires in the landscape, it traces the trauma and effects on both the land and the people who inhabit it.”

 

Jade Byrnes, ‘Kinglake’, 2016

 

Jade’s work is currently on display at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre at 210 Lonsdale street, Melbourne Monday to Friday 8:30am to 6:30pm for the Month of March.

See more work by Jade

 

 

Thursday Feature 9th March 2017: Agata Mayes

Now in the 3rd stage of the part-time Advanced Diploma course, Agata Mayes has been working on developing her personal style.
Her latest series “Inside The Mind” has been created to explore in-depth, the sensation of unexplained, severe fear.

 

“My recent body of work is not an analysis and does not answer the question “why” but focuses on how it feels  with a complete acceptance of this state. The aim of this work is to return to deeply repressed emotions and past experiences. This is an opportunity for the viewer to revisit “the inside”, reconnect with what is “real” and  abandon the idea of “wrong” which might lead into a personal interpretation.”

 

Agata Mayes, ‘Inside The Mind’, 2016

 

Born in Poland, and after living in Italy and England where she completed studies in informatics in 2003, Agata moved to Australia in 2011. Her passion for photography lead her to short courses and workshops before she finally decided to take up part-time study with PSC’s Advanced Diploma course. Before arriving at PSC to refine her technical skills and the conceptual understanding of photographic art, Agata won the “Kayell Best Commercial Work” at the Centre for Contemporary Photography salon in 2015, and was already actively involved in the photographic community 6 years earlier.

“I am an artist with an interest in psychology and my work reflects how I see the world. My aim is to study the human mind, explore the subject of ego and to understand what makes us who we are. My ultimate goal is to create something timeless which will remain as evidence of my life once I leave my body form.”

 

Agata Mayes, ‘Inside The Mind’, 2016

 

Agata Mayes’ series “Inside The Mind” is on display at the Queen Victoria Womens Centre for the month of March, open from 8:30am to 6:30pm Monday-Friday at 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

Follow Agata on Instagram

 

Wednesday Feature 8th March 2017: Sonja Broersen

With graduation only two months away, Sonja Broersen is living and working in Melbourne after completing the Bachelor course last year, majoring in art.

Focussing on themes of self and using a minimalist language, Sonja’s current work “Soft Stone” consists largely of self portraiture, with the addition of still life and sculptural elements, using photography to reflect on her experience with feminine identity.
This series was exhibited at her graduate show Always Already, at Besser Space, Melbourne (2016). Previous work includes self-published photobook Distance (2015), exhibited as part of the group show Kapow! (2015) at Ruffian Gallery, Melbourne. Broersen has also recently exhibited works in exhibitions such as the IPF Photo Prize (2016) and the CCP Salon (2016).

Sonja Broersen, ‘Soft Stone’, 2016

 

Soft Stone is a body of work that is the result of continual reflection and a lingering confusion of what it means to photograph the self. It has evolved from a simple intrigue into an illusive and largely intuitive desire to gain a better understanding of my identity as a woman. The driving force of this work is a conflict I find within myself – a contradiction of actions and beliefs that stems from growing up with unattainable and damaging social expectations – the back and forth of embracing and rejecting femininity.

We are now living in a time where embracing femininity is just as empowering as rejecting it. This has prompted me to reflect on myself and reevaluate my identity as an adult woman. I am not looking to reach any sort of conclusion – I am merely attempting to gain a wider understanding of one part of my identity. My experiences are, and continue to be, unique; I am not attempting to reflect a universal experience of womanhood or femininity. This project is the result of my own reflection, investigation, and experience.

Sonja Broersen, ‘Soft Stone’, 2016

 

 

See more of Sonja’s work

 

Tuesday Feature 7th March 2017: Emma Watson

Completing the Bachelor course last year, majoring in art; Emma Watson is set to graduate from PSC this May. Emma’s work will also be on display at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre for the month of March. Be sure to go see it along with other students‘ who are involved in the exhibition ‘Elements‘.

Emma Watson, ‘Folding’ 2016

 

Currently working as a freelance photographer, her monochromatic work is quietly spoken and very personal. It focuses on themes of memory, mental illness, family and identity. Drawing from past and present experiences she uses her camera to escape from her mind and to help make sense of her place in society.

Emma’s graduating folio ‘Folding’ revolves around her relationship with her family as she comes to deal with depression and a new family dynamic.

 

 

For my entire childhood I’ve grown up with the most loving, connected, family bond one can ever imagine; where everything has always felt so secure and safe, a sanctuary where all the corrupt things the world generates can’t touch you, or in other words, a safe embassy I’ve always seeked asylum in.

On the 17th of August 11:15 am I was diagnosed with clinical depression. My emotional reserves are completely empty. I find myself wanting to cry everyday and everything overwhelms me. The more depressed and lonely I get, the more I isolate myself from the outside world diminishing my motivation to reach out to people. Delivering this news to my family is still to this day, the coldest and cruelest moment I’ve ever shared with them.

I used to think life-changing news brought people closer together. Yet for some reason I found myself feeling more and more distant and isolated than ever before. It’s so difficult now to decode the reality. When my family surrounds me, I feel this overwhelming sense of distance and disregard on their behalf. I hear the sound of the cracks forming between us and growing bigger every day, but it’s so unclear to understand the cause of this breaking.

Is my family still there for me and I just can’t see it anymore. Or are they trying to reach out to me and I’m choosing to run away.

All of this coincided with my last year of photographic studies and I decided to use my camera to explore this very new to me family dynamic. So, I started interfering with my history; I cropped out family photos, covered aspects of my home and became the perpetrator of fading certain memories.
My camera brought me closer to my family roots. I scrambled through our lines to reconnect with the way things used to be. But I’m ultimately using this body of work as a way to communicate with my family.

 

 

See More of Emma’s work 

Emma Watson, ‘Folding’, 2016

Monday Feature 6th March 2017: Rochelle Hansen

Completing the bachelor course last year, Rochelle Hansen is set to graduate this May from PSC.

Based in Melbourne as a documentary photographer, much of Rochelle’s work explores our relationship with nature as she pushes to blur the line between art and documentary photography. Through stillness and a kind of sedative process, Rochelle intends to capture the collision between humankind and the natural world. Using photographs as a token of absence and a way of reconnecting the lost and forgotten relationship once shared with Earth and it’s inhabitants.

 

By combining strength and movement, horses have the ability to effortlessly floor across the arena in a kind of poetic dance- that sees human and horse uniting on the stage, engaged in an intimate communication barely visible to an audience. 
‘Two’ Documents the relationship built between human and horse within the training process. I have worked with trainers who utilise positive training techniques and focus on creating partnerships built on trust and respect.

 

Rochelle’s work is a part of the ‘Elements’ exhibition at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre at 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

 

 

 

 

Rochelle Hansen, ‘Two’