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Jessica Parker

Gosford High School

Artwork title
Where the wild things are
HSC year
Expressive form
Graphic design
Artist’s statement

'Max’s wonderful adventure began the night she put on her wolf suit …’

Where the wild things are is a reinterpretation of Maurice Sendak’s 1960s children’s book, adapted for today’s audiences and created using the new technologies of our time. Photography and digital editing connect the original storyline with the presentation of a contextual shift, encouraging the audience to consider the universal nature of Sendak’s themes and their continuing relevance to adults and children alike.

Collection connections

Consider the role of the artist in our society. Investigate the ways in which contemporary artists have blurred the boundaries between fine art and commercial art. Analyse both Jessica Parker’s and El Lissitsky’s work from this perspective. Can their objects be considered commercial products as well as artworks? How does the context of where an audience views the objects affect the definition of the objects and of their makers as either artists or designers? While this was a major issue for Lissitsky in his day, do audiences today consider it so? Discuss.