Marist College Eastwood Year 12 graduate Matthew Vassilieff received the Monsignor Tony Doherty Award for his work Dementia, determined, distracted. The pencil drawings depict the attitudes of three generations of family to their past, present and future.
“The artwork serves as a deterrent to our current generation who are still distracted by technology to not take for granted that there is much more to learn from family,” Matthew said.
The Executive Director’s award went to Brigidine College Randwick Year 12 graduate Jessica Scandurra. Roots in Resilience features hand-drawn digital images of family members who had overcome personal difficulty.
“I decided to look at strong women in my family and the idea of resilience,” she said. “Each of the people I drew have overcome some personal difficulty in their lives – my cousin has endometriosis, my grandmother moved to Australia when she was quite young from Macedonia all alone, and I’ve kind of struggled with mental health.
“It’s about the strength in ourselves, but also the strength that we draw from each other.”