GREAT FEELING: Former Trinity Catholic College student Hugo de Waal’s (above left) HSC major art work Mechanical Minds was shown at the ARTEXPRESS exhibit in Sydney.
GREAT FEELING: Former Trinity Catholic College student Hugo de Waal’s (above left) HSC major art work Mechanical Minds was shown at the ARTEXPRESS exhibit in Sydney.

Teen’s work mind-blowing

A LOCAL teenager has had his HSC major artwork displayed at a prestigious exhibition in Sydney.

Hugo de Waal, 18, who completed Year 12 at Trinity Catholic College last year, had his work Mechanical Minds shown at the ninth annual ARTEXPRESS at the Armory Gallery display in Sydney.

The exhibit showcased hund- reds of art pieces created by 67 students from schools across NSW at Sydney Olympic Stadium from March 5 to April 28.

The 2013 collection spans across a broad range of express- ive media forms including painting, photo media, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, documented forms, textiles and fibre, ceramics and time-based forms.

Hugo travelled down to Sydney and spent six days at the exhibit last week and said the experience was something else entirely.

"It was pretty good, it was a lot fancier than I expected," he said.

"I felt like a country bumpkin while I was there. I was kind of standing there looking at everything."

"Everyone's artworks were pretty great; there was nothing I didn't like."

He said being chosen to have his work in the show was a huge surprise, but was a "great" feeling.

Hugo's work, Mechanical Minds, portrays a simple idea in an intricate way.

"They are machines who want to be living and breathing rather than being made of metal and wires. So, the title Mechanical Minds reflects how even machines have a conscious-thought process," Hugo explained.

While Hugo isn't entirely sure where he'd like his future to go, he knows it will most likely be travelling along a creative path, he said.

"I have no idea what I'll do but will most likely just see where life takes me. I will always be a free spirit."

Currently he's living in Lismore while studying film at TAFE.

"I want to make something as wacky as them (His works for Mechanical Minds) in film," he said.



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