Introspection and the Mona Lisa inspire Sanjita

Introspection and the Mona Lisa inspire Sanjita

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Year 12 St Norbert College student Sanjita Ghimire. Photograph — Richard Polden.
The annual Creative Arts Exhibition is all about a love of art.
It started more than 20 years ago as a compulsory part of the Visual Arts course and now it’s an annual event that recognises passionate and talented young artists from St Norbert College.
Head of Technologies Samantha Mark said the Art’s teacher at the time transformed the classroom to try and create a gallery vibe that is now a reality at the new Performing Arts foyer.
Hundreds of works are being completed and will be unveiled at the opening night of the Creative Arts Exhibition from September 17-20.
Year 12 student Sanjita Ghimire’s passion for the arts is stronger than ever and she is currently working on her self-portrait as part of her ATAR studies and the exhibition this month.
“The Creative Arts Exhibition has never disappointed,“ she said.
The 17-year-old student was inspired by this semester’s theme of perspectives.
“I chose to create a personal work which reflects the idea of temporary vulnerability, more specifically the brief moments I allow myself to be open with my family, friends and myself,“ she said.
“My painting depicts a figure looking at the audience with an expression of sadness but also strength.”
For Mona Lisa fans out there, Sanjita uses a similar effect in her portrait by giving her figure a direct gaze that is complex yet electrifying for the person looking at the painting.
Sanjita’s self-portrait is only one of the many more exciting art works that will be presented at the school.
Ms Mark said many of the students involved in the exhibition love to switch off and often define these rooms as their “happy place”.
“I think they get the opportunity to slow down and enjoy the process, rather than be caught up in the frenetic pace of modern life,” she said.
” For many students this is where they focus with their hands, so their minds can settle and heal”