Congratulations to Louisa Bufardeci, one of our very talented teachers at PSC for not only holding a solo exhibition last month, but having her entire series purchased by the National Gallery of Victoria.
Louisa’s series ‘The Sea Between A and I’, is an ongoing project, from which eight ‘needlepoints’ were exhibited at the Anna Schwartz Gallery. The needlepoints reflect the space between Indonesia and mark the coordinates of eight tragedies that have occurred on the Indian ocean. Louisa incorporated new technology from Google Earth to base her image on. The series touches upon a very topical issue related to the journey of people who travel across the ocean to Australia, often falling victim to maritime disasters:
“This work reflects on the asylum seekers lost in the sea between Australia and Indonesia. I found the media reports on the issue had become increasingly abstract — less information about the number of people drowned, less information about where they were from, less information about whether they were men or women, young or old, and less information about why they were risking the journey.”
The project covers a mix of different media; photographs, video, drawings and the use of fibreglass screens with needlepoints on them. Materials used are subject to interpretation.
“I am very happy for the work. It gives me great pleasure to know that art reflecting this serious topic is deemed valuable by our main cultural institution.” – Louisa Bufardeci
We are so glad that our teachers play such prominent roles in the arts industry. Our students get the best exposure and real-world experience as a result of learning from talented, practicing professionals.