Top Arts Exhibition 2023

Congratulations to our 2022 Visual Arts Captain, Jevons Wang (Class of 2022), whose sculpture named ‘Where Your Faith Lies’ has been featured in the annual Top Arts Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Top Arts 2023 celebrates the outstanding achievements of Victoria’s most gifted young artists. Drawn from a range of media, topics, schools and students, Top Arts is part of the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority’s annual VCE Season of Excellence.

Visual Arts Teacher, Kim Wootton commented that “Jevons’ selection for the Top Arts Exhibition is a remarkable accomplishment, as only 44 pieces created by 38 students made the cut. The selection panel had to evaluate over 1400 entries and sought works that demonstrated considerable creativity, originality, technical mastery, and aesthetic thought. Jevons’ selection is a significant recognition of his work, and highlights Mentone Grammar’s strong commitment to contemporary art and arts education.”

‘Where Your Faith Lies’
Dimensions variable
Plywood, Polymethyl Methacrylate acrylic sheets, acrylic paint, aerosol paint, synthetic polymer clay, air-dry clay, paper mâché clay, wooden dowel, paper.

“Where Your Faith Lies is an ode to belief. As the lotus figure emerges from the water, I aimed to portray the natural and spiritual energy which imbues the notions of rebirth. Using various technological methods and materials, the polymer clays and laser cut processes juxtapose against their natural counterparts; of hand-cut paper and wooden dowel. Their opposing origins morph into visual harmony, united by simple monochromatic blues and gold accents. Depicted through the growing stages of the lotus, this symbol for rebirth depicts a simultaneously natural yet mystical metamorphosis.”

Be inspired by Jevons’ creative processes, imaginative ideas and skilful use of materials at the Top Arts Exhibition 2023, which is being held at The Ian Potter Centre (NGV) until Sunday 9 July 2023.