Empowerment and overcoming adversity

UNCOVERED: Tammy Allen with her artwork for the Transit 2012.
UNCOVERED: Tammy Allen with her artwork for the Transit 2012.

EVERYONE'S heard, or knows the story, of Little Red Riding Hood, but not many people think about what happened after that fateful day.

For Southern Cross University art student Tammy Allen, this question has become the inspiration for her graduation artwork, on show at this years Southern Cross University Transit exhibition.

Ms Allen said she had used the story of Little Red Riding Hood to symbolise her own experiences and the journey she had taken in facing her fears.

"The wolf is symbolic of fears," Ms Allen said. "(My work) is all about people's empowerment and overcoming adversity."

Ms Allen's work comprises a combination of media with a re-imagination of the red cloak and a series of images created through text.

The student artist said the chance to be involved in Transit 2012 was a great opportunity to get her name out there and to get her work noticed.

The annual exhibition, opening this Friday, October 12, from 5.30-8pm at the Lismore campus's V-block, will feature 47 graduating artists from SCU's visual arts degree.

The works cover a range of visual arts media including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, installation and film.

John Smith, the Bachelor of Visual Arts course coordinator, said Transit 2012 illustrated how students were responding to the increasing levels of skill and sophistication demanded of emerging artists.

"These students are able to combine a very committed approach to academic pursuits with an imaginative and playful approach that is very liberating," Mr Smith said.

"Many also see their art-making as a way of engaging in understanding and commenting on some of the most critical debates of our time."

"The exhibition is a big team effort and provides students with the opportunity to use professional and industry-relevant applications in an atmosphere of celebration and achievement in completing this phase of their studies."

Transit 2012 runs till Friday, October 26, between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Saturday, with most artworks available for purchase.

For more information phone 6620 3831 or visit

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