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Untitled, 2009

by Elise Ubels

Untitled, 2009

Year 10, Melba Copland Secondary School ACT
graphite
209.0 x 148.7 cm
on display at the National Portrait Gallery

My artwork explores a side of my personality which most people would find surprising. I’ve always been shy, anxious and lacked confidence unless I was in a comfortable situation. Through my exploration of visual art and the great guidance from my art teacher, I’ve improved my skills enormously and found that I can now express myself better. For the first time in my life I feel really comfortable with where I’m at, especially at school. Art has helped me to grow socially and emotionally into a confident and happy person.

Headspace 9

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Headspace 9

Self Identities - Making Connections

Previous exhibition, 2009

Headspace 9 is an exhibition of outstanding student self portraits (paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography and media arts) by Year 10, 11 and 12 school students that will engage a national audience.

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