Caffeine and music helped make the world go around for Tobias Dixey last year as he overcame exams, assignments and exhaustion to complete his Year 12 studies.
Now studying architecture at Curtin University, the 18-year-old Aquinas College graduate has created one of the more impressive artworks in the annual Year 12 Perspectives exhibition. The State's most popular art showcase for graduating Year 12 students marks its 21st year when it opens at the Art Gallery of WA today.
Dixey, of Thornlie, made his sculpture Stimulation out of CDs and coffee pods glued to a mannequin as a comment on modern society's dependence on stimulants to get through the day.
"People in modern society are stimulated to work, study and learn," he said. "We have reached the point of being consumed and wired on caffeine and music."
He was inspired by the Soundsuit sculptures of musician and artist Nick Cave. Being among the 63 exhibitors chosen from across WA was a big accomplishment after all the time and effort that went into the artwork, Dixey said.
The paintings, sculptures, ceramics, videos and drawings span themes of social disconnection, the move into adulthood, gender identity, disability and the impact of social media.
Art Gallery of WA director Stefano Carboni said visitors should find much to inspire them and be impressed by the skills and the maturity of vision of the young artists.
"Who knows, maybe even amongst this group will be a world-famous artist," Dr Carboni said. Year 12 Perspectives runs until June 30.