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Jiamei Liu

Cherrybrook Technology High School

Artwork title
Beneath the surface
HSC year
2013
ARTEXPRESS year
2014
Expressive form
Painting
Artist’s statement

Intricate links exist between the wellbeing of the human population and Earth. As technological developments deplete Earth’s resources, nature begins to lose her vitality. While corporate and individual greed turn a blind eye to the increasingly degraded environment, a reality 'health’ check reveals the damage civilisation has imposed upon the land. This 'plague’ of urbanisation and industrialisation grows from the darkened coasts into inland areas, like deadly cancers consuming the human body. Hence, my work portrays the parallels between the health of Earth and of humanity. It is by protecting our planet that our own wellbeing can be sustained.

Influencing artists: John Olsen, Edward Burtynsky, Fred Williams


Collection connections

Compare and contrast Beneath the surface by Jaimei Liu and Five bells by John Olsen. Look in particular at the similarities and differences in subject matter, technique, materials and meanings.

Like Liu, base a body of work on an environmental issue that is important to you. Carefully consider the relationship between the concept and the use of material and technique to express your point of view.