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Isabella Rich

SCEGGS Darlinghurst

Artwork title
The natural selection
HSC year
Expressive form
Collection of works
Artist’s statement

Industrialisation has spawned a new (un)natural order. My aim is to question the value of industrialisation and its implications for nature and human isolation. Recurring motifs juxtapose the natural with the unnatural. Nature is being reselected in a different context – a context of industrial material, overdevelopment and waste. The snippets of maps in collage form hint at the new direction in which society is heading – a journey of disconnectedness – away from nature. Though nature continues to have a role, it is one which is caged, limited or manipulated.

Collection connections

Consider the different objects used in Isabella Rich’s artwork and in Alex Rizkalla’s Remains/vestiges: dispersal. Write a narrative inspired by one of the works, creating your own connections between the objects within it. Construct an artwork using found objects to represent the world around you.

Research the origin of the found object in art practice and its significance to 20th-century artists. Why was there a shift from artworks created by the artist’s hand to artworks made using objects that already exist?