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Alanna Edwards, 2000

by Alanna Edwards

Ceramic
24.5 x 16.5 cm
Year 8, Canberra Church of England Girl's Grammar School, Canberra

Our task for this clay relief was to form a face using a front and a side profile. We based our reliefs on some of Picasso's art works, such as The Sailor. We did this by getting a friend to pose to the side and then the front for us, while we drew what we saw on paper. My face does not look like one person in particular, as I had three friends pose for me. After we got the profiles on paper, we put the faces together to form one face. We were restricted to only two colours as well as black and white, and the clay could be at only four different levels. This task was very enjoyable, but at the same time rather challenging as it was hard to get an even underglaze. The final product is stylised and rather abstract, but still recognisable as a face.

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Headspace 1

Previous exhibition, 2000

Headspace showcases portrait art produced by secondary students from Year 7 to Year 12 in Government, Catholic and Independent schools in Canberra and its surrounding regions extending to Wollongong, Deniliquin, Leeton, Crookwell, Bombala, Narooma and Albury

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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