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Veronica Xu

Smith’s Hill High School

Artwork title
Pay the price
HSC year
Expressive form
Artist’s statement

My work is inspired by the unprecedented environmental and ethical issues catalysed by growing consumer appetites. It illustrates the cruel treatment of animals in order to provoke consumers to question the necessity of the materialistic items that they purchase without considering the unseen consequences behind them. This orients my artmaking as I fuse together animals and material objects, exploring our culture’s obsession with fashion and materialism. Ballpoint pen enabled me to achieve technical resolution when drawing fur and feathers and also to accomplish a sense of realism that an audience can relate to.

Influencing artists:
Andrea Hasler
Larry Torro
Liu Qiang
Angela Singer
David Mach
Il Lee
Billie Achilleos