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Cynthia Xu

Baulkham Hills High School

Artwork title
Unexpected reason
HSC year
Expressive form
Artist’s statement

Why should the significance of a thing be limited by its function? Why should canvas be only secondary to the paint that it supports? During my art-making process, I became actively engaged in the aesthetics and emotional possibilities of my materials. The more I interacted with them, the more I discovered about their versatility – for instance, the surprising ability of the canvas to imitate the surfaces of marble and dried clay. Any imperfections or traces from past mark-making on my materials became pleasurable to behold as they contribute to the history invested in these objects.