Coco (U6) represented St Swithun’s in a pre-heat of the regional heat of the national ARTiculation competiton at Lord Wandsworth College on 30 January which was adjudicated by Professor Simon Olding from the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham.
Coco gave an eloquent talk about what attracted her to the painting Bloodline – Big Family No.1 (2001) by Xiaogang Zhang (as below).
Coco first came across the painting when she visited the National Art Museum of China and this painting particularly stood out to her as so different. She was attracted to the way the figures have not been painted realistically but have certain features exaggerated. She has also been able to draw a number of similarities with the representation of the painting to some of her grandparents' stories and personal experiences of her childhood, enabling her to explore her own history and treasure her own culture.
The adjudicator Professor Simon Olding praised Coco’s "close contextual reporting alongside a personal reading of the work". He also thought that Coco successfully drew attention to the political and symbolic elements within the work and that she gave an overall a well-researched, well delivered presentation.
The ARTiculation Prize is an annual event designed to promote the appreciation and discussion of art. The aim of the competition is to engage sixth form students with art and to develop their confidence and ability to express their opinions, thoughts and conclusions.
Coco won the internal St Swithun's competition to progress to the pre-heat. The following St Swithun's girls all delivered a ten minute presentation about a work of art, artefact or architecture of her choice within the school's own competition: Roshanak, Bridget, Caroline, Tatyana and Coco.
Photos courtesy of ARTiculation 2017 and The Roche Court Educational Trust.