The Newcastle Art Gallery Youth Advisory Group acknowledges the Awabakal and Worimi people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, and pay our deepest respects to Elders past, present and future. The Youth Advisory Group is dedicated to honouring the culture and traditions of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through the visual arts.
If you had to create an object that represents your human experience, what would it look like? Throughout history, sculpting materials were hard and often fragile. Yet the 20th century birthed a new term, ‘soft sculpture’, opening this artform to endless possibilities.
Sharing their thoughts on the gallery collection, emerging artists Jaimie Carpenter, Tegan Kinder and Jasmine Miikika Craciun have harnessed this limitless medium, creating pieces that reflect their life journey, connect with others and narrate purposeful messages.
Curated by Nicole Klaer
Videography by Wanjun Carpenter
“AT FIRST GLANCE, THIS PIECE APPEARS TO BE SOMETHING THAT IT ISN’T, MUCH IN THE SAME WAY AS LYCETT’S PAINTINGS.” — J. CARPENTER.
“THIS PIECE HAS A ROMANCE ABOUT IT THAT DREW ME IN IT FEELS LIKE AN OFFBEAT LOVE LETTER TO SPRING.” — T. KINDER.
“WHAT I LOVE ABOUT ALEX SETON IS THE WAY HE CAN COMMUNICATE ENORMOUS AND DIFFICULT TOPICS IN A MINIMALIST AND PRECISE MANNER THAT TOUCHES YOU SO DEEPLY.” — J. M. CRACIUN.