This is by lovable_writer and skilful_passionfruit.
Our artwork is called 'Can you hear our voices?'. It is about the key idea of the public voice and the concepts of responsibility and power. These are linked because our artwork confronts the idea of the power of the people, and whether people have the responsibility to make their voice heard and make a difference.
We have demonstrated this through a crowd of protesters holding up banners and deciding to stand up for what they believe in. We think this is a good way to represent the public voice, because what represents the power of the people more than a demonstration?
We have used grey and black for the background crowd to show that what they look like is irrelevant, because you see them in the picture as a group who move as one. However, we have used colour and detail for the girl in the middle to represent how every one of the protesters is a different person with a different identity, but we have focused in on her as our protagonist.
She is pictured crying because she represents us, the younger generation, fearing for our futures. The one solitary space of colour and detail in the middle of a grey mass.
One way to look as this is to imagine that the person in the middle is an MP. It shows the pressure put on them by the constant demands of their people, but they don't have the power or the voice to speak up, and in desperation, cries.
This shows us that the protagonist in the middle could be anyone. The current situation with politicians and power has left the main character of everyone's story feeling emotion and we have left her identity uncertain so that every reader of this piece can imagine someone new in the young woman's identity.
lovable_writer: One important thing that I have learnt about politics that I think other people should know is that everyone in the general public has more power than you may initially believe. It's time to make a difference.
skillful_passionfruit: What I have learnt about politics, and would like to tell other people, is that the impressions you cast on people (either good or bad ) immediately decide whether you're a good MP –or PM– or not. Because of the impression you give, you have the ability to gain someones trust and to also have the majority of the media on your side, being a good influence for all.
We would like people to feel empowered when they look at our artwork because they will realise that they can be there in the picture holding their banners and making real change.