Aspects of identity: Kim Hien Le rendered in graphite on paper

Extraordinary art on show

Julie Moon
Relief Officer

Each year, thousands of students across NSW put their creative energy to the test, literally. These students are creating extraordinary pieces of art for the art-making component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts. The works are only limited by each student’s imagination and may include a broad spectrum of disciplines: ceramics, collection of works, documented forms, drawing, graphic design, painting, photo media, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre and time-based art.

Artexpress, an annual exhibition held in regional and metropolitan galleries across NSW, features a selection of outstanding artworks by HSC students. These exhibitions display the amazing talent and technical skills of young artists. They also give the public an opportunity to view what these students and their visual art teachers have been working on for many months.

Hazelhurst Gallery in the Sutherland Shire is one of five metropolitan galleries featuring works from Artexpress 2014. Forty-nine students have their artwork displayed at the gallery, nine of them local students.

Kim Hien Le was a student at Liverpool Girls High School in 2013. Her work “‘Sharing’ my identity” is a set of drawings using graphite on paper. The images are a visual metaphor representing different aspects of Kim’s identity. She has used a variety of shapes including letters, circles, scribbles and rice-bowl doodles to create intimate self-portraits.

The exhibition at Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery continues until March 16. Other venues can found at