Meet the artist – Amber Moxom

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Nine young artists have been selected for a show titled ‘Insight – Student Exhibition 2016’, open until Monday 29th August at the greenhouse gallery, in Guernsey Museum.   The Guernsey Arts Commission’s annual student exhibition showcases a variety of art, design, media and photography from the end-of-year art shows at the College of Further Education, Grammar School, Elizabeth College and Ladies’ College; highlighting the strong creative talent consistently emerging on the island.

The exhibition is kindly sponsored by NatWest and is the sixth show of the annual series.

This year’s exhibition has been curated by GAC’s Simone Roberts and new Head of Arts Development, Russ Fossey.

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Introducing: Amber Moxom

  • College of Further Education
  • ‘What Do You See’ – Mental Health Photography and Info Graphics

Amber Moxom

I wanted to investigate mental health issues in today’s society as I think that this is still an issue that needs to be further discussed amongst us because of the stigma attached to the term ‘mental disorder’. You can’t tell just by looking at someone if they are fighting an internal struggle, but you shouldn’t treat people differently just because they have a mental health problem.

My piece, ‘What Do You See’, aims to show the range of people that mental health can affect. It impacts people of all ages from all different walks of life. I wanted to show everyone in a neutral state so that they are all judged equally. When we look at people their facial expressions can often cause us to make a quick judgement about what they are like, something I didn’t want people to do in this piece. I wanted people to really look at everyone and think about who they might be.

When making this piece I drew inspiration from artists such as Brian Smith, an excellent black and white photographer that manages to portray character and emotion with very little facial expression on his models. I also studied Christopher Hopkins as he created a series of images that recorded his own struggle with depression. The images are hauntingly beautiful as they show how lonely he feels and how many demons he has to overcome daily.

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The 2016 students include: Joey Burnard, Amber Moxom, Matthew Stockreiter, Tove Barnes, Georgina Smart, two returning artists Brittany Chippendale and Sam O’Neill as well as a group media project from the Grammar School involving Katie de Carteret, Rosie Jehan and Brittany, who has two pieces of work in the exhibition.

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