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Process diary

Mia Eve Carey

Newtown High School of the Performing Arts

Artwork title
Mankind's creation
HSC year
Expressive form
Artist’s statement

Mankind’s creation aims to communicate the continual decay and desolation in industrial, urban and architectural landscapes while also encapsulating the beauty that can reside in these environments. This idea is contrary to traditional aesthetic conventions of artmaking. My interest in philosophy and art history helped me to achieve the overarching meaning, encouraging me to understand and challenge deeply-rooted notions of aesthetics in photography. This series was developed through continuous and drastic measures of digital manipulation, experimenting with multiple exposures and exploring modernist and postmodernist conventions.

Influencing artists: Olive Cotton, Max Dupain, David Moore, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Guy Le Querrec, Reneé Burri, Philippe Halsman, Duane Michals, Christopher Anderson, Eve Arnold, Vivian Maier, Wim Wenders, Ansel Adams, Egon Schiele, Caravaggio

Photomedia, sculpture, textiles and fibre (2:34)

Collection connections

Mia Carey and Olive Cotton both choose to eliminate the human form in their work. Do you think this is a successful approach to depicting the urban landscape? Discuss.

Compare your local environment with these images. Create a body of work that embraces the unique qualities of the world around you.