Hunter students shine as prestigious ARTEXPRESS exhibition embraces virtual reality

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MELANIE Hain started planning her Visual Arts major work three years in advance. She wanted to use her work to tell the story of her late grandfather’s experience of Alzheimer’s Disease and how it affected her family. “It was a really long and difficult journey and I knew it was something I wanted to reflect in my artwork at some stage,” she said. “I can talk about it, but I could not get that emotional side out. “I thought ‘How do I share his journey in an artistic way that is engaging and has a really beautiful side to it, although it is such a sad disease’.” The former Warners Bay High student’s final product, the ceramic work Fragility, is one of 50 from across NSW to be selected for the virtual reality ARTEXPRESS exhibition, which allows viewers to experience artworks as though walking through an actual gallery. Melanie’s former classmate Tahnee Marriott’s photomedia work The Nature of Ambiguity and Belmont Christian College student Hannah-Kate Proctor’s sculpture Detachment from Her Origin were also selected. “It’s a massive shock and I still can’t believe it,” said Melanie, whose work was on display before COVID-19 at the Museum of Art and Culture Lake …

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