The Confined But Connected competition, which ran in August by the Cloud Campus Committee, had fabulous success with Deakin students. Entries were received from all corners of Australia, with artworks representing how they remained connected during COVID isolation.
For the written category, the winning piece was ‘The Silence of Isolation’ by Anbu Samidurai with a vivid description of the challenges that we have faced during this time and as Anbu put it ‘the silence may prevail but love will make us stay connected with each other.’
The running up prize was awarded to Josh Whittingham with his descriptive poetry that captured our new normal of isolation as ‘we’re going online, keeping our distance, family dinners hold, saving people with low resistance, our borders are controlled.’
Madeleine Stratmann, who was the lead organiser of the project, says ‘I received an overwhelming number of entries for the visual category, and the winning prize was awarded to Claire Grant, who produced a series of 30 cyanotype printed images, one print for each day of the month of June.’
Claire spoke about how she connected through her art whilst it also gave her a daily task and feeling of purpose in such uncertain times. For those interested to check out Claire’s artwork, head to her Instagram page @loudandclaire_.
Runner up in the visual category, William Campbell’s photographs of his own built blue river resin table were impressive pieces. William spoke about how the isolation gave him the time and opportunity to seek his creative personality particularly considering that this was his first time making a table and learning how to use and pour resin.
And last but certainly not least, the winning entry for the digital category was by Osama Al Fahawi who produced a digital print that he deemed an inspiration of his and sharing what he has been going through during COVID. For the runner up prize, Alannah Frampton created a digital artwork of how she has been connecting with others during lockdown as scheduling zoom meetings replaced Friday night card night with her friends in person.
Madeleine says she was ‘blown away’ by the quantity and quality of entries to the Confined But Connected competition. ‘This year has been such a challenging time for each of us and I am deeply grateful that so many of you have found a creative outlet to cope with our new circumstances, and were able to remain connected to each other despite our COVID confinement,’ she says.
We are always very excited to see students getting creative! So please tag us @yourDUSA in your masterpieces and we will share on our social media!