Voting is open to USC students from Monday 6 August to Sunday 12 August 2018.
Winner to be announced at the Diversity Week Breakfast - 20 August 2018!
Read a brief statement about each design by clicking the plus button (+) below the image.
Follow the link to read about last year's winner Joanna 'Jojo' Santos as she tells us about her creative winning design.
Please note that the submission 'Together as One' has been removed from the 2018 Student Diary Cover Artwork Competition, per the artists request. We’d like to congratulate the artist, whose artwork was been purchased.
My artwork is an acrylic painting on canvas.
It reflects the diverse range of ethnicities and cultures that are a part of both University life as well as Australia in general.
It doesn't matter what nationality we are, what gender, what age or what beliefs we hold important, we all belong to a broader community and we all journey along life's road together.
As with life, university and seeking knowledge is not always a straight, easy path to follow. It has many ups and downs and obstacles in our way. We are all a part of the university community where a sense of belonging is created through understanding each other’s goals and supporting each other to achieve those goals.
We all strive to forge ahead and achieve greatness to contribute to the broader community in our own individual ways and together making a difference. To quote Helen Keller "Alone, we can do so little, together, we can do so much".
By going forward together we can see the bright, shiny future ahead of us which inspires us to keep going.
My painting is reflecting on the many things women have taught us and done for us over time that go unseen. From looking after our families and our environment mentally and physically ensuring everyone gets their share of love. Women are the carriers of life which is why this painting contains lots of spirals as that is life beginning. Shows of land form creations, water creation stories, spirituality and connectedness to our roots of mother earth. The bright colours in the background represents the colourfulness of life that exist. Every dot represents a woman and many trials and tribulations we go through on our journeys. There are 2 women’s faces in this painting that represent the physical and spiritual woman.3 spirit women represent my 2 grandmothers and my mother who inspire me to be a strong aboriginal and Torres Strait islander woman. The NAIDOC theme for this year is because of her, we can and this painting for me shows that because of our women we can live, love, breathe and create.
A Diverse Universe
This design came from my brainstorming with the words Diverse, Universe, Diversity, University and Unity. I had these words floating around in my head for hours until I came up with a way to put them into a single phrase. This phrase being: ‘A University embracing Diversity and Unity in a Diverse Universe.
I tried to steer away from the cliché’s: symbols of hands of different races, the world, knots, puzzles etc. These were very common occurrences when researching diversity and togetherness for this project.
I set out the type in a galaxy scene, representing the diverse universe. Symbols like the Alien and the Astronaut in the top corner add fun to the design while representing species of different culture – and they’re getting along. Other symbols like the planet shape the words ‘Diverse Universe’ forms, rockets and stars make up the space atmosphere.
I believe this illustration addresses diversity strongly, and more specifically ‘Together, we all belong’. While meeting these criteria, it is also a fun, creative and engaging design which I’m sure students will love.
The collage, my third and final submission for this task, definitely took the longest in regards to technicality. Drawing from inspiration of doodle art I obtained throughout one of my courses, DES101, and sources online through previous research I did with my previous two submissions, I was able to bring together several different cultural elements and colours.
Silhouettes is a design that I played with for a few weeks. I wanted to capture the fact that beauty has no face and a sense of togetherness that has no bounds. Using the Silhouette of the trees and friends sitting together as a frame, the inside could be whatever, wherever and whenever. While I played around with the inside of the frame with different cultural elements, I found that a simple landscape was the most aesthetically pleasing design. It is a subtle reference to that no matter where you are in the world, together we all belong.