Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) (Honours) Program

 

Each of the graduands in this Honours Graduation Exhibition is preoccupied with the idea of a dynamic practice formed through a fluidity in thinking and feeling; they are absorbed in the uneasy tensions, conflicts and limitations of the confines and possibilities within their work. In order to deepen awareness of the connections between medium, experiment and practice, some of the central contexts of each of these artist’s approaches could be said to have formed within a crucible of uncertain ambiguity, even improbability.

Throughout their Honours year these artists have sought to grapple with what might be possible and what might not, within their developing and changing perceptions of things, as they worked through differences and processes to eventually form an art practice that coalesced into a unity. This is a remarkable feat, particularly given the enthusiastic degree of experiment each artist engaged with during a momentous year of study.

So, these new artists, revealing their accomplished practices as they emerge from our Honours Program, appear to work optimistically through an open, yet apprehensive and restless approach to practice. This may partly be due to some level of awareness around the irritations, limitations and constraints of familiar strategies, methods or mediums, as they’ve grappled with the difficulties of trying to uncover some type of space for new potential. For many of these artists they have discovered that the act of making art today might be considered the creation of persistent and recurrent alternatives within a world insistent on change, where art comes about through re-formations of pre-existing mind-sets, idiomatically modulating, forming through derivatives of derivatives, to fuse in a state of unceasing becoming. Thinking culturally, theorist Boris Groys suggests that some of the most effective creative expressions of the current period appear to express a state of ‘flow’ or change, and that this may be pivotal to the cultural production of these times (Groys, 2016).

Therefore, with this framing in mind, we can consider the great diversity and multiplicity in the works of this group of Honours graduands. The common thread that can be drawn through these works is that they reflect an inquiring mind engaging with divergent perspectives on whatever moment we might be in. The only possible strategy for the future then, defined in the work of these artists, is to remain attentive to these varied and oscillating states within which we currently exist.
 

Peter Westwood, Program Manager, Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Honours Program

 


Academic Staff

 

Our Program and School communities of research, learning and teaching, and student and staff support:

 

Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Honours Program

Peter Westwood, Program Manager

Theory and practice academic staff:

Dr Sophie Knezic
Dr Drew Pettifer
Dr Quentin Sprague
Peter Westwood

2019 Artist supervisors

Dr Alison Bennett (photography practices)
Dr Nicholas Bastin (object practices)
Kris Coad (ceramics)
Dr Rhett d’Costa (multidisciplinary)
Associate Professor Mikala Dwyer (spatial practices)
Alicia Francovich (multidisciplinary)
Dr Michael Graeve (sound)
Professor Julian Goddard (multidisciplinary)

Helen Grogan (multidisciplinary)
Dr Kirsten Haydon (object practices)
Heather Hesterman (print practices)
Dr Robin Kingston (painting)
Dr Drew Pettifer (multidisciplinary)
Dr Steven Rendall (painting)
Associate Professor Philip Samartzis (sound)
Peter Westwood (painting)


Guest staff:

Brooke Babington, Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art
Hannah Presley, Curator, National Gallery of Victoria
Dr Tassia Joannides
Professor Thomas Rentmeister (spatial practices)

Visiting speakers:

Peter Waples-Crowe, Ngarigo artist
Paola Balla, Wemba Wemba and Gunditjmara artist and curator
Pip Wallis, Curator Contemporary Art, NGV
Dr Kyla McFarlane, Curator, Ian Potter Museum

 
School of Art Technical Staff

 

Jason Wade, School of Art Technical Services Manager Andre Liew, Senior Technical Officer (Studio Technologies) Gabriel Tongue, Senior Technical Officer (Digital Technologies

 

Digital Technologies Team

Michael Quinlan
Tim Catlin
James Maher
Christopher Taylor
Pablo Vasconcelos Becerra
Jessica Curry
Robert Harding

Studio Technologies Team

Dr. Ceri Hann
Raphael Buttonshaw
Lilly Kaiser
Duncan Freedman
 

Workshops

Neale Kenny (spatial practices)
Samuel Mertens (object practices)
Anj Maklary (ceramics)
Rob Dott (print practices)
Kyoko Imazu (print practices)