Graduates ready to watch dry paint

FIVE HONOURS students will breathe a sigh of relief today as they hang their works in an exhibition for graduates of Southern Cross University's Visual Arts degree.

The 2011 Visual Arts Honours Exhibition includes a 3D installation of a shipping container made from paper, an artistic exploration of grief using handkerchiefs, an examination of gestures and a study of landscapes.

Painter Freya Tripp, 25, said the students have been waiting all year for this exhibition.

"I've been painting from four in the morning until 10 at night for the last few weeks just trying to get things finished," she said.

"This was my body of work for the whole year and I've got a few hundred hours painting on each one."

Course co-ordinator John Smith said the exhibition showcases the skills of the emerging artists.

"As an exhibition, the five artists have provided a broad range of esthetically engaging experiences, intellectually challenging propositions and creative resolutions."

Studying honours encouraged Ms Tripp to develop her skills as a painter and her work is now being sold through Traffic Jam Galleries in Sydney.

"Studying (honours) has definitely helped my practice evolve," she said.

"I think the work I was doing prior to this was completely different and I can look at this work and see that I have made progress and my practice is developing."

Ms Tripp hopes to continue her studies by completing either a Masters or PhD in Visual Arts.

But tonight she will just celebrate the end to a very long year of study.

"I think everyone is just looking forward to having a glass of wine at the exhibition launch, " she said, laughing.

"Everyone is happy with what they've achieved but they're also looking forward to getting some sleep."

The 2011 Visual Arts Honours Exhibition opens tonight, at 6pm, at Southern Cross University's Visual Arts Block.

It continues from 10-4pm through to next Friday.



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