Case Study: Alexia Sinclair, “The Regal Twelve”
Alexia Sinclair is an Australian born photo media artist whose works are best known to portray ‘historical and allegorical figures’. She studied fine arts at The National Art School (1995-98), majoring in traditional photography, and completed a master of fine arts in 2007 from Newcastle University. Her experience in theatre in her younger years, and her future studies of painting, drawing and sculpture art history influenced how she approaches her works.
In her award winning MFA series “The Regal Twelve”, Alexia celebrates the lives of twelve European monarchs, who lived and ruled in the timeline of two millennia.
This project took 3 years to complete (within the MFA timeframe), compiled of hundreds of photographic elements and illustrations into digitally montaged artworks in Photoshop. None of her work contains computer generated images, but instead she photographs models in her studio with the costumes, props and set all produced by herself, and then adds multiple layers of her own photographs and hand drawn illustrations to create the artworks.
Her work features across many spectrums of art form and is not aimed at a particular audience but is open to the general public
The final images (with the monarch’s bio) were elegantly framed and displayed at various exhibitions.
Case study: Ruby Belnick, “After Turner”
Ruby completed her HSC Body of Work in 2015, and due to her outstanding work, she was selected for ARTEXPRESS 2016. In her work, “After Turner”, she states that she is fascinated by the ocean, with the ability of both force and danger, yet calming and comforting.
Ruby’s goal was to create a series of images of the ocean that portray different emotions and evoke different responses in the audience. She was inspired by JMW Turner, a painter from the 1800’s, whose paintings are “luminous, almost abstract romantic imagery”.
The target audience originally would have been the HSC visual art examination markers, and as she resulted an outstanding body of work, it later became public.
The body of work would have had to be submitted within year 12 of high school. During the process, it was mandatory for Ruby to record her experiments and process of her body of work into a visual diary. The delivery and output of HSC would have been to professionally present the body of work a specified art style (drawing, painting, video etc.). Ruby used a combination of creative techniques. She used mind maps for idea and concept generation, experimented with photos in Photoshop, and experimented with the layout of her collage. Ruby used her own photos, which were edited in Photoshop’s camera raw filter. This allowed her to experiment with various variables such as saturation, highlights, shadows clarity etc. all at once allowing her to create her desired outcome. She also experimented with layering multiple images.