During the IB visual Arts show students staff and parents celebrated the end of the student’s two-year course. Students have to present their artwork as an exhibition and curate and plan the exhibition space on a theme. Everyone was really lucky to also be treated to musical performances from our high school and middle school students. We are grateful to all the hard work of our wonderful music department and all the students who rehearsed to entertain us at the event.
FDIS was also delighted to welcome Mr. Yang - The government official who is responsible for the arts curriculum in Shanghai and Tony Jin who is a producer at the Oriental Pearl TV channel as our special guests.
Our five graduating students chose a range of interesting topics to make work about this year- here are some words from our graduating students about their work and some of their artworks…
Exhibition theme Freedom and Confinement
"Throughout my IB course I have an explored imagery of dancers, girls, beauty, nature, birds and stories. I aim to show the struggle and paradox in girls’ mind and to explore the phenomenon that gender stereotypes in society stop people from independent thinking. "
Jessica has received an offer to study Fine Art at Melbourne University.
Jessica Yang's artworks
"It is a box, and the core of the box is a box. The up is the down and the plan incliné is whirling around. Dark is too shiny above space, just like white is too silent in this place. Think about surreality when entering the exit; wake up walking out of entrance.
The overall theme of my exhibition is dream. I choose dream as the theme because I think highly of spiritual world, and the only way to get access to the spiritual condition is while dreaming. It seems a profound thing, but rather, it is an everyday experience. The exhibition aims to create a dream world of, doping people’s mind from their daily mundane lives, and encouraging them to look at themselves throughout the walk. The experience of the exhibition is designed to be a mazy walking path that insulates the audience from the reality, and confuses the audience’s perception of space. "
Exhibition Theme: Light and Space
Nathan is going to study Architecture at several universities, such as University of Southern California and Rhode lsland School of Design. He has not made the final decesion yet.
"We are living in a world constructed by space and light. Space controls what you feel and light dictates what you see. They interact with human senses, feelings and emotions. My artworks explore the possibilities of constructing 3-D artworks using space and light.
Light is the greatest sculptor that outlines the contour of every solid object that we see. It is within reason to argue that light defines our reality to a large extent. What would our life be like without light illuminating our world? I want my exhibition to evoke a sense of the sublime. I wish to let my audience feel a sense of transcendence and awe when viewing my artworks. Scale, form and colour are my most efficient tools. I approach this ambition by creating artworks that have many repetitive elements, that have transcendent colours light blood red, and huge space that are composed of elastic materials. Many of my works exhibit notions of the contrast between order and randomness."
Exhibition Theme: Infinity
Tiger is going to study art at Savannah Collage of Art and Design (SCAD), while playing college golf in SCAD's golf team.
"In my opinion the theme of Infinity links up with ancient civilizations, the finding of geometry questions, the discovering of many new inventions. Nature summarizes this - I am questioning why society has developed how it has, the causes that led to the post digital age. I have been affected by living in the climate of Shanghai, which is very polluted. I wanted to send a message to my audience to encourage them to ask whys this allowed to happen? Human beings are battling with nature every day in our life, But why?"
Exhibition theme: Marionettes and masquerade – identity and the mask as a metaphor
Cyranda will go to study architecture at Washington University in St.Louis.
"I became interested in this area after buying a mask in Venice. Although people are not literally wearing masks in daily life, they often hide parts of themselves and pretend, just like putting masks on their faces. However, I find this phenomenon is a paradox: putting a mask both hides and attracts others. I also used the idea of using marionettes as characters to tell the audience that sometimes people are controlled by their desire and own profits which are similar to the strings on the marionettes."