Home is where the art is
The only thing that makes Georgina Kreutzer happier than being chosen for the prestigious Artexpress exhibition is memories of her childhood growing up on a coffee farm in Dalwood.
The 17-year-old is moving away from the Northern Rivers soon and wanted to capture the love she feels for her childhood home in her HSC major artwork and it seems it hit just the right note with selectors.
Georgina’s work is an installation featuring her own childhood chair and a tin box surrounded by nine small paintings, and she is one of only 300 HSC graduates selected for Artexpress from almost 10,000 visual art students.
Georgina was picked along with Alstonville High School classmate Beth Perry, who created a series of 3D fold-outs featuring fine ink drawings.
For Georgina, who is moving into an apartment at Surfers Paradise next year so she can study a Bachelor of Environmental Design (Architectural Studies) at Griffith University, her artwork was a final ode to her idyllic childhood before she leaves to begin her adult life.
“I knew I would be moving away this year and I wanted to encapsulate my memories and feelings about living on the farm… I even used ground coffee in the painting texture so there was this physical connection to the place,” she said. “I grew up here since I was eight, and I have such a strong connection to the farm, it’s where my happiest memories have been. It’s the space and it’s such a beautiful place to live. It’s going to be a very different lifestyle living in the middle of Surfers.”
Georgina said she was “ecstatic” to be chosen for Artexpress and credits much of that to her HSC art teacher.
“I had a really great class, and I have my teacher Ian Roberts to thank for that, he encouraged us so much,” she said. “I owe it all to him… he gave us ideas and he let us be free with whatever we wanted to do but he was so supportive the whole time.”
While Georgina can’t take the coffee farm with her, she says she will always have her painting, something she began from a very young age.
“It’s always been a great interest of mine… it’s freedom of expression for me, it’s such an escape,” she said. “I’d love to have it as a career, but even if that doesn’t happen, I’ll always have it there as a way to express my feelings.”