Cheeky entry to my university hall's art competition. This took longer than anything I've done before and involved much more planning and brainstorming. Fairly happy with how it turned out, wish I had swapped the location of some of the birds though. The ones on the right are deep blue, green and maroon, and light blue grey from top to bottom, but they all were about the same brightness so they ended up being a similar color of grey. Not too caught up on that though.
The themes is this (as selected from the ones on offer for the competition) are "I'm part of something bigger than myself" and "a students perspective of life at UC." The different birds all come from different niches in NZ, and have evolved to have specific skills and traits - we've got a Dabchick, a diving lake water bird; an insectivorous forest dwelling Piwakawaka; a wetland Pied stilt; the Kokako as a forest floor specialist; the Karearea as a bird of prey; the mountainous Takahe; the forest planting Kereru; and the world's only rapid surfing duck, the Whio. These birds are representative of the university community students find themselves part of - full of so many different characters from all over NZ and beyond, each excelling in their own way and offering a unique contribution to the culture.
The astronaut in the middle is a symbol of self and a venture into something new, but one supported by the encompassing community. The dark, watery pattern along the bottom edge serves to show a transition from one part of life to the next, but also to compose the drawing of course.
Finally the Karearea has special meaning, as could be guessed by it's different style. It's geometrical and almost piecewise structure is meant to show how our experiences and interactions here contribute to the structure of our person in many different ways, and it's movement upwards represents the "moving onwards and upwards" mantra associated with the whole coming of age experience many have here at Uni.
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