GENERATION Y is often written off as a bunch of young people who sponge off their parents and are apathetic to politics and the world around them.
If you walked into the art rooms at James Sheahan Catholic High School and saw the Higher School Certificate major works produced by the 17 and 18-year-olds you would never write gen Y off again.
Political statements, messages about body image and adaptations from famous artists, this group had it all and the talent to match.
Teacher Les Quick said this year’s group was one of the best he had seen.
“They’re sophisticated and have a deeper insight than usual,” he said.
Vladka Bartyzal said she felt almost embarrassed and exposed to finish her major work because the message behind the political statement was a personal one.
Vladka was born in the Czech Republic and her family made a home in Australia.
Her major work depicts mouthless European foxes arriving in Australia in a ship, on a flood of water which has cut across the Australian landscape.
Native animals held picket signs telling them to wait in line and arrive legally.
“It’s a bit awkward, it’s a bit personal and everyone has an opinion,” she said.
“When I hear what is in the media, I agree with elements of it but people can be ignorant.”
The students were proud with what they had achieved but not one of them agreed that everything had turned out the way they planned.
Madeline Whalan said she was glad the assessment was over but she would continue to work on her project Heartburn.
“I don’t think an artwork is every really finished.”
Jacky Symons who painted a piece called Moral Ambiguity which was described by Mr Quick as “brilliant” said when she looked around at her classmates she could not believe the talent of the people she has spent the last six years sitting next to.
“They’re all amazing.”