Psychology student is a finalist in new art prize

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Psychology student is a finalist in new art prize


Published on 16 September 2014

An artwork by USC Psychology student Jessica Doak and her brother, Matt, is a finalist in the inaugural Sunshine Coast New Media Art Prize.

Jessica, 26, and Matt, 22, of Buderim created ‘Chaos Theory’ – an intricate time-lapse video with 360 photoshop layers featuring butterflies, flowers, found objects and an original music score.

“In chaos theory there’s a thing called the butterfly effect which suggests that the flap of a butterfly’s wings can cause a hurricane on the other side of the earth,” Jessica said. “My take on that is the decisions we make determine the way we live”.

The butterflies in the artwork were photographed in a science lab at USC, where Jessica studies and works as a part-time administration officer.

Jessica’s study of Psychology allows her to complete photography and design subjects as electives to help foster her love of art.

And when Jessica needs to let off steam, she laces up her skates to compete for the USC-based Blood Diamonds team in the Coastal Assassins women’s roller derby league.

Matt, who wrote the sound track for ‘Chaos Theory’, is a sound engineer and plays bass with local bands Esoterra and Undermine the Supremacy.

Meanwhile another USC student, Susan Bohmer of Coolum, is also a finalist in the competition and is set to graduate with a Bachelor of Design and Communication this October.

“It’s really great to be recognised for the work I’ve done and portfolio-wise it’s gold. Some people think graphic designers just design logos, but this work shows the diversity of what I can create,” she said.

Susan’s ‘What the Face’, an interactive animated projection that includes 1,080 hand-drawn frames, was developed during an internship at USC’s Engage Research Lab.

The art prize finalists will be exhibited at the Digital Disruption Think Tank exhibition at Caloundra Regional Art Gallery in February and March 2015.

— Jane Cameron

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