Monday, 14 October 2013

Q5 (Energy 2013 Edition): Megan Maclean-Tuckett

This month we have 11 award winning and very talented senior art students from around the greater Cairns area showing their amazing art in our annual Energy Exhibition which is sponsored by Ergon Energy.  We've sent out the Q5 Questions to all the students and our first student is Megan Maclean-Tuckett who created the piece called "Extinct"
"Extinct" by Megan Maclean-Tucket
Q1: Tell us about yourself.
My name is Megan Maclean-Tuckett and I am 17 years old. I am currently finishing Year 12 at St. Mary’s Catholic College and intend to pursue Veterinary Science at JCU. Next year I am fortunate enough to be participating in a 12 month exchange to Germany. 

Growing up, I always had a knack for art and there was never a day that went by where I didn’t create at least a small sketch in the back of a school book. I have always loved to paint and draw. I particularly like to experiment with watercolour pencils. Over the years, I have filled many art journals with my drawings and small water colour artworks.

Q2: Please describe the art you have in the exhibition.
The artwork that I have in the exhibition is a triptych depicting a Brazilian warrior. He is standing amongst the destruction and deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. 

Q3: What inspired you when creating it?
I was inspired by news of the damming of the Amazon and the detrimental impacts on the last native tribes that the Amazon rainforest is home to. I had seen many images of the warriors protesting for their survival.

Q4: What is your favorite part of making art?
My favourite part of making art is the emotional outlet that it gives me. I can use my emotions to my advantage to give my pieces more meaning. Art also allows me to escape from the everyday drag of school. It is the one subject that gives my freedom of thought, and I revel in being enabled to paint and create.

Q5: Who are your favorite artists?
My favourite artists are Silvia Pelissero (agnes-cecile) and Del Kathryn Barton. Silvia Pelissero is only five years older than me, so I feel I can relate to her pieces. She does beautiful artworks that incorporate all kinds of messy media including water colour. I particularly love the way she uses a very large range of colours and splatters to create extremely realistic faces. I also like the way Del Kathryn Barton incorporates animalistic, inhuman features in her subjects.
We're very proud to be hosting the Energy 2013 Exhibition.  It's on right now and runs until November 2nd, make sure you don't miss it! 

Installation by Cell co-directors Kirstie Irwin, Natalie Whitcher and Sandra Leonello.  Images by Sandy Edgar.

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