Glorified plasma women and giant tissue cells on show

SOUTHERN Cross University visual arts graduates are busy putting the finishing touches on the annual graduate art exhibition, which opens tonight.

Acting course coordinator Wes Hill said there was a lot of diversity in the show, and the artworks reflected issues of today.

"Walking around the show, there are a lot of artists thinking seriously about current issues, things about the environment," he said.

"With a show like this we have gallerists in the Northern Rivers area and collectors coming in to see the young talent."

A SNIP HERE ... Southern Cross University visual arts graduate Svea Bjornsson puts the finishing touches on her piece Apple Cubed 360 Squared for the TRANSIT exhibition.
A SNIP HERE ... Southern Cross University visual arts graduate Svea Bjornsson puts the finishing touches on her piece Apple Cubed 360 Squared for the TRANSIT exhibition. Marc Stapelberg

For her piece, Maddison Borg cut out metal portraits to create a critique of gender stereotypes.

"I've used the medium of plasma cutting into metal to glorify these women who have often been forgotten in history," she said.

"There's your classics, like Wonder Woman, Amelia Earhart, JK Rowling and Jane Goodall ... Sigourney Weaver from Alien because she was the first sci fi hero."

Sculptor Michelle Butler combined art and science for her display of tissue paper cell structures.

"The idea came from looking through different kinds of magnascopes, so convex and concave lenses ... how they can bend preconceived notions of what big and small is," Ms Butler said.

The exhibition, TRANSIT, will be unveiled in the visual arts building at the university's Lismore campus at 5.30pm, and remain on display for two weeks.



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