‘UGLY monsters’ were turned into a stunning piece of artwork and helped a Steyning teenager win a Young Arts Award.
Hannah Short, 18, was chosen for the award, presented annually by Steyning Decorative and Fine Arts Society, because of the range of work she produced.
Judges attended Steyning Grammar School’s art, technology and photography exhibition in June and were impressed by the quality of Hannah’s work.
Society chairman Penny Hill, presenting the award at the Steyning Centre on Monday, said: “Apart from the quality of Hannah’s work, which we considered to be outstanding, we found her use of different media extremely interesting.”
Much of Hannah’s work was on display, including a large piece depicting power lines using acrylic paint.
Hannah said: “I wanted to focus on things that people don’t really look at normally, everyday things, bringing them to be the focal point.
“It is also about connectivity, how they connect our lives.”
In her workbook, she described power lines as ‘monsters of the land’ that don’t fit in with nature.
“They can be seen as ugly monsters that come out of the land,” she explained.
“There is an air of mystery surrounding power lines as well because most people aren’t completely sure of their role.”
Hannah said she walked her dog every day in an area with many power lines, so she was able to study them at all different times of the day, in different weather conditions.
This enabled her to experiment a lot with various angles in her paintings.
Hannah, from Steyning, has just started a foundation year at Northbrook College in Durrington, working in a range of art forms, including jewellery.
“I am not really sure what area of art I will go into but I am hoping for an art career,” she added.
Amanda Duke, faculty leader for creative and performing arts at Steyning Grammar School, was also there to see the presentation.
At the time of the exhibition, when Hannah’s work was chosen as the winner, she said: “People were amazed by the items on display, proving that our students’ positive and focused enthusiasm has brought remarkable outcomes.”