Earlier this month I attended Pathways to Practice, an event the dually presented by AGWA and PICA. Featuring artists from the Pulse Perspectives and Hatched 2019 exhibition, the event provided a safe space of sharing no matter where you were at in your learning journey. The warmth present in the room was uplifting with young people gathering, eager to learn more about the opportunities available to pursue their passion.
The panel and conversations during Pathways to Practice offered a balanced view of the industry for recent ATAR Art graduates.
PICA Curator and facilitator of the panel discussion, Charlotte Hickson began the discussion where she readily noted the politics behind the white cube.
Pulse Perspectives artist such as Sophie Cowell shared her first-hand experience with this aspect of museum practice when showcasing her tactile piece that was placed behind glass for conservation sake. Other Pulse Perspectives artists Luke Button made a humble study of trees against landlines and has now taken the bold step toward the media frontiers in his academic pursuits.
Last but not least, Alexandra O’Brien’s talks about her piece I'm all ears, a personal favourite. An immaculate rendition of a self-portrait mimicking a diptych is laid in front of the audience weaving a sonic narrative alongside the work Alexandra admits is a sentimental exploration of self and the world.
Alexandra O’Brien I’m all ears 2018. Oil on canvas, audio file and oil on headphones, three parts: two at 50.5 x 40.5 cm each; Headphones with audio: duration 2:42 min. Iona Presentation College.
My key takeaway from this programme would be the understanding and advice these artistic platforms offers emerging creative powerhouses in Perth.
Art offers a platform for diverse worldviews by igniting communication, collaboration, and dialogue. As a strong advocate for alternative routes, I end this piece with this one request. My one appeal for art practitioners would be to speak with people on the street or in different industries. In the coming age of smart cities, collaboration is critical.
Passionate about the arts, Shauna wears local Perth design by Silly Thelma that is now gifted to a Singaporean musician Codie. A symbolic transaction aligned with the vision of the platform. This image was shot by Sarah Goh.