Highly Commended – Year 6
Good Samaritan Catholic Primary School, Fairy Meadow
I was blessed to have had a sister for only a short time. The gift of her life changed my life; just as Imogen brought me gifts of compassion, respect and kindness, the Magi presented material gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to baby Jesus. ‘When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy’ (Matthew 2:10). I feel that God chose our family to bring us Imogen as a gift of joy. Like the star that shone for the Magi, and continues to shine for us today as a symbol of hope, Imogen’s spirit continues to shine for me. The gift of my sister inspires me to share the gifts of God with everyone around me.
I was inspired by 18th Century artist Auguste Edouart because of his love of silhouettes and paper cutting. I used the technique of stencilling, using a round placemat and acrylic paint. Two of the Wise Men were placed beneath the stencil and the third added after printing to symbolise guidance. I threaded gold wire through the design to show the brilliant light shining from the mystical star. I made the star big just as my sister’s heart was.