Young Emily gets Young Archie nod

By Riverine Herald

MOAMA Anglican Grammar School student Emily Zweck is one of eight students around NSW to receive highly commended in this year’s Young Archie prize.

Missing out on a finalist position in the 13-15 year-old section by a mere stroke, the Year 10 student’s portrait of her grandmother — the first ever portrait she has drawn — will be on display at the SH Ervin Gallery in Sydney in August.

In her artist’s statement, Emily said when she was given the criteria to draw someone special to her, her grandmother was the first person that came to mind.

‘‘My grandma... shaped me into who I am and she is very inspirational. My drawing can be seen as pretty simple, but it is actually very complex,’’ her statement said.

‘‘The time it took, the method I chose, the layers I have used. This is just like my grandma. When you get to know her, you will find out lots and learn about her amazing personality.’’

The pencil on paper artwork took about six months to complete, and she entered the competition after some encouragement from one of her teachers.

‘‘My art teacher Mr Hickingbotham recommended I do it so I thought I’d have a go,’’ Emily said.

‘‘That was the first portrait I had drawn, I draw anything really and like to experiment (with the subject matter).

‘‘It took me about six months to complete, doing just little bits on and off, after school and weekends.

‘‘And it was good to receive a highly commended, I was actually really surprised when I found out about it.’’

This year is the seventh Young Archie competition, which attracted more than 2100 entries from children aged 9-18.