RIGHT: Erin Bartell with her twin sister Sigrid and her HSC art work titled InterTWINed. ABOVE: Taylor Johnson with her piece about obsessive compulsive disorder titled Beautiful Nightmare.

Jindabyne Central School’s (JCS) Year 12 art students face an anxious wait as Higher School Certificate (HSC) assessors mark their final work.

This year’s 10 Year 12 JCS art students have spent the past year working on their final projects and breathed a collective sigh of relief when they delivered their works to the school library for a mini-exhibition.

One of the most eye-catching art works belonged to 18-year-old Taylor Johnson.

Taylor’s piece was titled Beautiful Nightmare and symbolises obsessive compulsive disorder.

“Everything is repeated over and over again,” she said.

“I’m so relieved my work is finished now. It’s taken me almost a year to finish it.”

Erin Bartell’s piece tells the story of herself and her twin sister Sigrid – their connection and similarities.

The 17-year-old named her work, which represents herself and her sister in the form of clay models, InterTWINed.

“The way I have joined the models shows the connection between us,” said Erin, who estimated she had spent more than 100 hours completing her piece.

Her twin sister Sigrid’s work featured a bookcase portraying well-known fairytales including Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs.

Alarmingly, some of the books were shattered into pieces while blood-stained items littered the bookcase and claw marks scraped the side of the bookcase.

“My work is about how when kids are young they get read fairytales to learn life lessons,” she said.

“My artwork is trying to portray how children are almost scared into doing the right thing.”

Other works in the exhibition included Tessa Bickerstaff’s work titled Hybrid, Emma Bosden’s Displaying Insecurities, Tribute to a Warrior Woman sculpture by Rebecca Easton, Chantal Fox’s Wild at Heart, a photomedia series by Tasha Pascoe, Aqua Marine Movement by Alex Streete and Behind Closed Eyes Reality Lies by Blayre Smith.

Year 12 visual art teacher Jessica Whitley was thrilled with her students’ achievements and hopes HSC assessors will be just as impressed when they visit Jindabyne on October 26 to mark the works.

“I’m impressed with the resolution and conceptual strength of the works from the current HSC group,” she said.

“Their hard work, resilience and unique ideas have been presented in their final works.”

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