Ruby Sullivan of McAuley Catholic College has had her major HSC artwork accepted into the annual ArtExpress exhibition.
Ruby Sullivan of McAuley Catholic College has had her major HSC artwork accepted into the annual ArtExpress exhibition. Adam Hourigan

Look My Way into ArtExpress

MONTHS of hard work has paid off for HSC art student Ruby Sullivan whose artwork, Look My Way, has been selected for ArtExpress.

"I was actually really surprised because there were so many nominations, when I actually read the email it took so long to load and I was so nervous. But when it said 'congratulations' I gave a little scream," the 18-year-old said.

"I rang my mum and dad up and told them, I didn't even finish reading the email."

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Ruby said her parents were extremely proud of her achievement.

"They're so embarrassing, they keep telling everyone, they are so proud," she said.

Ruby has always loved art, especially at school.

"For the HSC artworks, that's the most amount of effort because I had a goal," the McAuley Catholic College graduate said.

"If I put it into constant working, it probably took me a week just for one artwork. It was so much effort.

"The drawing part was alright because it was such a free movement, and it was really fun doing that. In the background where I've done the dotting of the paper, it just took so long, it was such a big effort."

Ruby Sullivan's HSC artwork Look My Way, which has made it into ArtExpress.
Ruby Sullivan's HSC artwork Look My Way, which has made it into ArtExpress.

Ms Sullivan has five drawings that make up her artwork which explore the significant periods in the history of Aboriginal Australians.

"At first I drew all the portraits and I looked at them as a collective piece and my teacher and I just thought there was something missing. In the background it was just too plain," she said.

With the help of her art teacher Ms Sullivan explored scarring as a way to tie her artworks together.

"Aboriginal people sometimes scar their bodies, and they have different meanings of things. I thought it would be cool to make the paper looked scarred," she said.

"The pieces were already so colourful themselves, I didn't want to put colour in the background to detract from the portraits so I thought I needed something simple, that would impact as well."

Ruby Sullivan's HSC artwork Look My Way, which has made it into ArtExpress.
Ruby Sullivan's HSC artwork Look My Way, which has made it into ArtExpress.
 

On December 27, Ms Sullivan is heading to Ireland to nanny for 12 months and won't get the opportunity to see her work at the exhibition.

"I'll have to get my parents on FaceTime and they can show what they look like," she said.

Ms Sullivan doesn't have any firm plans for when she returns to Grafton.

"I have no idea what I want to do. I've been thinking about becoming an art teacher, but I honestly have no idea.

"Maybe I'll find my passion over there."

Ruby's artworks will be shown at the Grafton Regional Gallery from June 16 to June 29.



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