Transcript - Jamie Wong Body of Work

Duration 5.48 min


JAMIE WONG: My name's Jamie Wong. My body of work is unnatural selection. And it's a sculpture made of cardboard.

Experimenting and understanding different expressive forms, ideas, art movements really helped in understanding how I wanted to approach my body of work and what sort of message I wanted to convey. Initially, I wanted to do some woodcarving. But I had no experience in it. And I was advised not to do it if it was the first time or how much time I need.

So I still wanted to continue with the sculpture idea. And seeing a lot of past HSC body of works, a lot of them had to do with, well, a couple of them had to do with animals. And I wanted to approach something with, say, birds because I recently did adopt a bird during that time. And I wanted to see if I could incorporate it into my body of work.

At first, I wanted to just look at one type of bird, which was the cockatoo. But over time, I was advised to continue working on more than just one. And it would be better for my concept to work on more than just one. So it slowly evolved into me having three separate birds.

I used my VAPD for documentation, researching how the birds move, also having different artists that I can refer back to, images for references, anything that I could improve on. And it was really useful in looking back at seeing how I did things and techniques and how I could improve on it over time.

One challenge in making my body of work was trying to figure out how to make certain textures like bark, feathers, and everything to make it look more realistic, and also having to cut everything individually. So I had to ask a couple of people, like my art teacher, how to make the bark, like ripping pieces together or cutting it up, seeing which one worked better.

I looked at quite a few artists. But two really stuck with me. And that was Laurence Vallieres and Anna-Wili Highfield. Both of them really looked at animals. The first one looked at making cardboard animals very realistic. While the second one was just birds out of paper. We got a lot of resources from our teachers, advice on where to look, such as Art Express, previous people, and how they looked at different artists as well, also looking through that cardboard book, and just exploring.

Having individual feedback and having schedules like assessments and exhibitions like the CAPA night, knowing when you should have a certain degree of your body of work finished, considering which time you can allocate to spending on your body of work, all that all together really helped. And overall, knowing when you should spend on doing certain assignments for different subjects as well as your body of work really helps.

You have to be responsible with your own time, your own schedule. Know when you should spend doing different stuff for different subjects, different assessments, knowing when you should have free time, when you should spend working on your part time job, knowing what you should do at what time, that really helps. It's also good to have a break every now and then, not just focus all on working. Because at some point, you're going to overwork yourself if you keep doing that. So having a break is good. Planning out what you should get done also really good.

Have confidence and ask your teacher when you need help. Because sometimes when you're stuck, you should just break out of that mindset that this is just me working on it and really ask for someone else's advice on how to approach stuff because someone else's advice could really help you along the way. Like for me, I really wanted to just do one bird. But over time, it did help to have three rather than just one. It really solidified the concept behind my body of work.

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