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Holy Name shows student art

Sunday, March 24, 2013
Disintegrate by Jessica Francis. Photo: Marsha Pearce

Holy Name Convent Port-of-Spain has held an annual exhibition of work by Form Five, Lower Six and Upper Six art students for many years. The school has built a reputation as an institution that nurtures high achievers in the arts.


In 2012, the two open scholarships in visual arts were won by students at Holy Name. Students at the school also earned the top seven positions in the region with their art and design scores in unit one of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (Cape). This year’s art exhibition, which was held this past week, once again offered audiences a chance to engage with the creative efforts of the students.


A range of image-making formats and media were on display including drawings, paintings, computer graphics and sculptural works. Amid the visual miscellany, a number of pieces were strong and memorable.


Zarna Hart, an Upper Sixth student, invited viewers to take a new perspective with her chandelier made entirely of bicycle parts. By recontextualising bicycle rims and chains, her innovative piece challenged how we see, understand and relate to everyday objects. Aimee Ghent’s Scarlet Ibis made from Coca-Cola cans drew attention to corporate and individual social responsibility and environmental sustainability—to threats to nature and the issue of recycling. Students like Ghent, Hart and others showed the courage to take risks and experiment with materials in order to make statements in refreshing ways. 


Drawings by Jessica Francis, a Form Five student, were evocative. Francis presented a compelling interpretation of fracture and decomposition in her piece entitled Disintegrate. Other notable works were those by Megan Martin with her interrogation of beauty and body image in her piece titled Insecure, and Danielle Blaize, whose hunched-over three-dimensional figure entitled Do You Know Pain? forced viewers to confront alienation and the agony of intolerance and superficial judgments.


Overall, student works underscored the significance of the exhibition as a vehicle for showcasing creative potential. Under the tutelage of art teachers Irenee Shaw-Cozier and Raina Grillet, the students have demonstrated imagination, skill and a capacity to contribute their views and ideas in ways that can be meaningful to society.


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