Telling modern stories with art

2019-02-12 06:01
Jade Mackenzie

Jade Mackenzie

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A Fish Hoek High school learner came second in the high school category of the Konica Minolta South Africa’s inaugural “Art by SA’s No. 1*” competition.

The Art competition is designed to uncover young South African talent and give them an opportunity to show their creativity.

Jade Mackenzie (16) said she feels amazing. “When I was told that I was in the finals and I had to fly to Johannesburg, I was so excited. It was my first time flying and this was the first competition I have ever entered. Flying was amazing and to see the work I have done making the finals when they received over 5000 entries was just amazing,’’ she said.

The ceremony, held at Konica Minolta’s head office, was attended by all 12 finalists. The winners took home a share of R60 000 and a R20 000 bursary for their school, college or institution. The 12 finalists, together with a parent, guardian or their art teacher, got to spend a special day with Konica Minolta.

Jade said that with her piece of art she tried to make a classic theme and yet incorporate the modern. “I have Nasa and Echo in the picture. Echo is trying to get Nasa’s attention, but Nasa is busy on his mobile device which is taking all his attention, totally forgetting what is happening around him. For me the idea was to portray how social media absorbs people so much that most of them can’t pay attention to things around them. My artwork reflects social media – the way social media portrays us and depicts the way we feel about ourselves. We need to get back to truly connecting with each other and being our true selves,” she said.

The Grade 11 learner says she started her piece of work in September and she was done in a week. “I love art. I do it at school and I will be looking at how I can turn it into a full-time career. Coming second in this competition has really encouraged me and I will be looking at doing more work and entering more competitions. It has really boosted my confidence,” she said.

Jade’s mother Leonie said she is really proud of her daughter. “She is really a creative person and what sets her apart is that she uses her imagination. She thinks of stuff and draws them. I’m an artist myself but what she does has blown me away. She works hard and she has put in the hours. To have your mom tell you that you can do something and to be acknowledged for it is truly amazing. I’m really proud of her achievement. I just must say the reception we got when going for the event was truly marvelous. It was well organised and we enjoyed every moment of it,” said Leonie.

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