International student learns about her native country from London

Identity as a theme in art has a powerful history. One of our art students explored her own identity for her final diploma show.

She began by exploring the work Yinka Shonibare. Yinke takes 18th century paintings and reinterprets their meaning in installations. In this work drawn from Fragonard, he dresses the figures in African costumes. However he makes the costumes in Europe.

For international students, living in London is an intermingling of ideas. Our student expressed this in her art. She took the national flower of South Africa, the protea, and turned it into a crown.

Ben Toettcher