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08 • 08 • 2018
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Dementia-themed portfolio teaches life lessons

Moved by artists like Francis Bacon, Ray Turner and Egon Schiele whose innovative styles effectively convey emotion, Kshema said the process of producing a final portfolio had taught her a lot.

Art student Kshema Amirapu came Top in New Zealand in Cambridge AS painting last year.

Her portfolio, named ‘Her Tired End’ explored dementia in its final stages and the warping effect the disease can have on the brain. She drew inspiration from both science and clinical imagery, and the sentiments of people with dementia.

Moved by artists like Francis Bacon, Ray Turner and Egon Schiele whose innovative styles effectively convey emotion, Kshema said the process of producing a final portfolio had taught her a lot.

“The onus was on us to ensure the quality of work we produced. Sometimes, this meant spending hours on a piece that wouldn’t make the final boards, which was disheartening, but something to learn from.”

She said staying late with other art students and coming in to work on weekends and holidays led to lifelong friendships – and life lessons.

“I learnt that putting the extra effort into something is always more rewarding,” she said.

Art teacher Nikki Rakete said Visual Art as a subject allowed students to use their wider experience and knowledge.

“It provides an opportunity to combine the knowledge and curiosity students have across subject areas into their own work. This process encourages personal voice and requires students to think critically and creatively about how they will communicate their knowledge, ideas and perspectives”.