Hi, my name is Laura, I am 20 years old and currently studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Art History at University. Outside of uni, I spend most of my time (and money!) on travelling, attempting to learn French, and going to as many movies and concerts as I can. Like most people, I probably spend too much time on social media, but I find that it helps me stay up to date with what’s happening in the world as well as being a great place to discover and follow new artists and musicians. I’ve loved to draw for as long as I remember which naturally led to a love for all things to do with art and art history, culture and a desire to see as much art as I can in person in galleries across the world. I hope that through this Youth collective program we are able to give young artists and art-lovers the opportunity to share their diverse ideas and voices in a gallery space and create events that will deepen their connection to art.
Although extremely hard to choose, one of my absolute favourite works of art from the Gallery’s collection is Brett Whiteley’s The Balcony 2 1975. I love Brett Whiteley’s style so much; somehow he makes it seem so loose and effortless while delivering really intricate pieces of detail over such a large scale. I also love John Olsen’s painting Dry Salvages 1956. I love the more limited colour palette, visible brushwork and unique composition. It was also really interesting to hear John Olsen speak in person at the gallery at his most recent exhibition about his practice and ideas of connection to the natural world and its mystical nature, which gives an entirely new perspective to this work.