Issue 2
Monday, 26 March 2018
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Kirstie Scullen’s work, titled “Fragmented Perceptions of Self”, will be included in HATCHED: National Graduate Show 2018 at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Kirstie Scullen’s work, titled “Fragmented Perceptions of Self”, will be included in HATCHED: National Graduate Show 2018 at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Art to question perceptions of epilepsy

By Ellie Turner

A Visual Arts student, whose work is driven by her battle with epilepsy, will take part in a prestigious national postgrad exhibition in Perth.

Kirstie Scullen, who will graduate from CDU in May, said the neurological disorder had impeded her education and was a weight on her shoulders, but she also saw it as a gift.

“The first time I had a seizure was on my fifth birthday and, since then, I’ve had to work harder to achieve what I want,” she said.

“I learned to be determined – stubborn, even – so that I wouldn’t give up when something seemed unattainable because I had epilepsy.”

Kirstie is one of 30 new graduates in Australia whose work will be exhibited at HATCHED: National Graduate Show 2018, at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts from Friday, 18 May 2018.

Her autobiographic mixed-media piece, titled “Fragmented Perceptions of Self”, was selected from more than 90 submissions, from institutions across the country.

“The artwork is an artistic and scientific illustration of what happens to my brain before, during and after an epileptic seizure,” she said.

“I want the viewer to question what they are looking at, their perception of the illness, and what they see in the reflections of the artwork.”

Kirstie began her studies at CDU with a Certificate IV in Visual Arts and has completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries (Visual Arts).

She aspires to become a secondary school art educator to inspire the next generation of artists.