Students explore identity through art exhibition

Art students at South Essex College have held an exhibition of their work in the Southend Campus Gallery.

The group, studying on the Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design programme, held the showcase of their work which focussed on the theme of ‘identity’.

Students were able to use drawing, screen printing, photography, textiles, fine art, illustration and graphic design to convey their message and what identity meant to them.

Despite working towards the same brief, each student came up with very different concepts. Shakira Barr, who grew up in the Philippines, decided to use boxes as it brings back memories of when boxes from the west would often be shipped over to her family business. It also represent the memories and possessions that were left behind when she moved to the UK.

Max Attack’s work was inspired by his love of boxing and MMA fighting, and represents the energy that is built up and conserved during a bout.

Megan Hackett explored the positive and uplifting feelings when reliving nostalgic memories by focussing on the brain and how the left side relates to rational thinking and imagery, and the right displaying our creative side.

Tutor Jennifer Edwards said the exhibition showcased an interesting range of ideas.
She said: “The students really enjoyed the thrill of setting up an exhibition independently. I am really pleased how they have embraced new ideas and challenged themselves.”

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