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Process diary

Oscar Close

Granville South High School

Artwork title
Warragil Ng An Ha
HSC year
2009
ARTEXPRESS year
2010
Expressive form
Painting
Artist’s statement

Here I have examined issues from my Indigenous culture, past and present; the symbols represent historical events and those from my personal journey towards self-acceptance and understanding. I have incorporated traditional Aboriginal artmaking techniques into more contemporary, bold and gestural brush strokes to illustrate my Indigenous experience. We cannot change or forget the past, but I look forward to a positive future. I have appropriated Basquiat’s expressive and emotive style to link the similarities between our cultural experiences.