ARTWORK DETAILS

Izabella Richardson Yeppoon State High School
Political Detox Painting
Interactive installation

ARTIST STATEMENT

My installation is a listening and sharing portal -a call for change through each other. The canvas displays a woman looking through a wormhole -from past to future -with four icons representing peace and rights for a diverse society: they act as a catalyst to provoke change. The pin board is utilized as a frame, allowing audiences to voice where they want to see change; they are invited to write on prepared notes changes they would like to see in society. My artwork asks you to have an opinion, promoting a rapidly growing self-aware society.

ARTWORK PROCESS

I collaborated with fellow classmates to work out our theme “fears” -mine being “disempowerment” and audience engagement. Barbara Kruger’s billboards influenced my style. I used her large scale and political colours -red and black. I was working on the theme from past to future and drew up the worm hole & woman in a cartoon-like 50s style and adopted large brush strokes to make the image fresh. I wanted to add important societal symbols to connect to the audience and found four. I carefully worded notes, replicating the Kruger colours, and inviting participation.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Izabella Richardson

Bella is in year 12 at Yeppoon High. She would like to continue creating art, using it as a vehicle for justice and peace in the world.