Meet the artist – Georgina Smart

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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 Russ Fossey.


Introducing: Georgina Smart

  • Ladies College
  • ‘HRH Elizabeth II’ – Multi-media artworks


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For my AS level in Art I was presented with the title of ‘Rhythms and Cycles.’ My initial reaction was to explore how artists have looked into the theme of life and death, which lead me to discover the genre of Vanitas.

Vanitas is a category of symbolic artwork focusing mainly on the themes of vanity and mortality. I was inspired by the symbolic use of flowers and candles to represent the passing of time in Vanitas pieces and worked to join these themes with portraiture. My final aim was to create a piece that could symbolise the passing of a lifetime.

My Final pieces are two side profile pencil drawings of Queen Elizabeth II; One of her as a young woman on a background of gold and the other of her as an older lady on a background of silver. Each piece is made of 3 sheets of green house glass, the bottom two of which are topped with flowers I dried in the microwave.

I’m not sure how heavy they are exactly but trying to hang them up is definitely a work out.

I hope by this time next year I will have completed my A- Levels at the Grammar School and be looking forward to studying Fine Art at University.

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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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