GALLERY: Parramatta girls' topical HSC art

The topical works of HSC visual arts students at Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta were displayed at the school’s annual art exhibition before being shipped off for marking this week.

The students had until Monday 3pm to put any final touches on their works, which covered an ocean of topics.

Meegan Armstong, 17, made 1000 clay figures for Migration, about the plight of refugees.

‘‘I went onto the United Nation’s refugee agency website and read a lot of articles about how they were treated — badly in certain instances,’’ she said.

‘‘I wanted to bring awareness.’’

Claudia Stafrace, 18, painted portraits of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden after exploring the power of technology, government censorship and the dangers associated with sharing personal information online.

They were hung at her school's annual art exhibition on August 20, two days after Assange announced he would leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has stayed for two years to avoid extradition.

‘‘My concept was to explore the power and paradox of technology — basically that knowledge can be limitless with the internet but there are different ways it can be used such as as a means to control people.

‘‘I invite the audience to question ‘Is the disclosure of information by private organisations really of benefit to society or is it actually damaging?’’’

Imogen King, 17, painted a self portrait inspired by Australian artist Brett Whitely’s Alchemy.

‘‘My work is an attempt at a self portrait without ever depicting the physical version of me and [to discover] how does one encapsulate personality and the way that one views oneself within the world,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s quite hard because you feel like this work should ... show everything that you are and everything that you’re capable of. You become incredibly emotionally invested in it.’’

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