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Process diary

Tessa Magliano

Northern Beaches Secondary College, Freshwater Senior Campus

Artwork title
HSC year
Expressive form
Graphic design
Artist’s statement

These images are not photographs. They are digital paintings, created stroke-by-stroke from scratch. My artwork concerns the self-deceptive power of human intelligence, and what we accept as genuine at first glance. The illustrations serve as a primary example of this self-deception: they’re convincing enough that at first glance they’re assumed to be photographs. The animals in these paintings aren’t real either – but reality is a concept created exclusively by humans, as is intelligence. Our occupation with knowledge distracts from the truth that these concepts are all human creations that exist only within our minds.