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John Nguyen

De La Salle College, Revesby Heights

Artwork title
Observations of forgotten pastimes
HSC year
2012
ARTEXPRESS year
2013
Expressive form
Printmaking
Artist’s statement

In my artwork Observations of forgotten pastimes I have explored themes of memory and time passing. I came across a discarded shed full of old rusty engines, cobwebbed and forgotten. As I looked at the complex design of the engines, I wondered who worked on them over the years and why they were left abandoned. The work is a series of drypoint etchings detailing meticulously the shapes and shadows of these designs. I then developed the mixed media by tearing and randomly placing the etchings on inked plates with words that highlighted time and memory.

Influencing artists: Rembrandt, Francisco Goya