Rails End Gallery hosts the Selfie Game
HHSS students study self-reflection
|By Alex Coop - Staff Writer | April 28, 2016|
A selfie is more than a photo.
It’s a form of self-reflection, says Rails End Gallery curator Laurie Jones.
And there was a lot of self-reflection taking place April 23 during the Haliburton Highlands Secondary School’s art exhibit called the Selfie Game, which features the work of four art students.
“It’s at this age where a lot of that self-reflection takes place,” Jones told guests during the exhibit’s opening ceremony.
“We’ve all been 17 or 18 years old, and every year similar themes are echoed, but every year the students bring something new and special each time,” Jones said.
The quartet from the HHSS portfolio class – in which students submit pieces for the gallery - decided to join forces and create an installation piece for the Rails End Gallery, while also creating individual pieces that reflect their personality and transition into post-secondary school.
The group decided to incorporate the rest of the world for their installation project.
They created the #selfiegameHHSS and encouraged people on social media to take multiple selfies while using the hashtag.
The girls received hundreds of submissions, some from as far as the United Kingdom.
A cluster of the submitted selfies sits on a table at the back of the gallery where the group installation is located.
Clothes, books and paint brushes are strewn across the floor next to a bed, and with the addition of the selfies, a typical teenage bedroom is successfully recreated.
With only four students working on the project, it was very easy to oversee, said HHSS teacher Rose Pearson.
“This was the first time the group tackled an installation piece,” Pearson said. “If the group was any bigger, there would be too many cooks in the kitchen, but this way, the students were able to remain on the same page.”
The individual projects are diverse and cover a wide range of art styles.
“My piece is called Connecting Constellations,” said Ariel Weiss, whose piece includes a pair of transparent hands, a cluster of stars and jelly fish.
Weiss said she spent many nights stargazing as a child and that she used that moment as a foundation for her piece.
“Further inspiration came from a recent trip with my sister to the Toronto Zoo,” she said. “I was completely mesmerized by the jellyfish.
“They were very transparent … this gave me an idea to juxtapose constellations, arms, jellyfish and space imagery together.”
During her presentation, Weiss said she will be going to Oakville this fall for the visual and creative arts course at Sheridan College.
Ultimately she’d like to get her masters in Australia.
“No matter how old I am or where life takes me, I will always be able to see the arts in the sky,” she concluded.
The Selfie Game gallery runs until May 14.
ALEX COOP is a reporter for The Highlander.