Macarthur students artworks accepted in ARTEXPRESS exhibition

Two of Jacinta D'Cunha's drawings for her piece 'Dear sisters... in solidarity'.
Two of Jacinta D'Cunha's drawings for her piece 'Dear sisters... in solidarity'.

Two Macarthur students are among the very best young artists in the state.

Artworks by Jacinta D’Cunha and Indiyana Verter were selected for the annual ARTEXPRESS exhibition – a collection of the top Visual Art major works completed in the 2018 Higher School Certificate.

The John Therry Catholic High School and Elderslie High School graduates are two of the 56 artists – out of a total of 8770 art students – to have their works displayed at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Jacinta D'Cunha's artwork 'Dear sisters... in solidarity'. Picture: Art Gallery of NSW

Jacinta D'Cunha's artwork 'Dear sisters... in solidarity'. Picture: Art Gallery of NSW

Ms D’Cunha’s work – Dear sisters… in solidarity – was inspired by the Time’s Up movement.

The Rosemeadow resident said she wanted to create a piece that was very current and reflected modern society, and equality in the workplace was something she resonated with.

“I originally toyed with the idea of doing something about modern technology and social media, but women’s equality was something I had a more personal connection to, so that’s what I focused my energy on,” she said.

“I drew a selection of women of different ethnicities and occupations, all in solidarity.”

Ms D’Cunha said the drawings were not portraits of anyone in particular, but were inspired by browsing photos of all different women on the internet.

The 18-year-old said she was particularly drawn to her firefighter creation.

“There’s something about her eyes that I really like,” she said.

“She looks very strong.”

Indyana Verter's pieces, Threads of Life. Picture: Art Gallery of NSW

Indyana Verter's pieces, Threads of Life. Picture: Art Gallery of NSW

Ms D’Cunha said each drawing took about four or five hours to create and were completed over the course of about four months.

She said she was shocked when she found out her work had been selected for ARTEXPRESS.

“I was really surprised, it’s not something that I expected,” she said.

“My parents and art teacher (Stephen Peters) came with me to the launch on Wednesday.

“Mr Peters was probably my biggest support throughout the creation of my work.

“He made sure I always had everything that I needed and would help me out all the time.”

ARTEXPRESS is on exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW until April 25.