Neon camouflage inspired by Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay/Gummaroi artist Reko Rennie
Year 4 students from West Lakes Shore School R-7 responded to Reko Rennie's site-specific work OA_CAMO, located on the wall between Gallery 17 and 5 at AGSA. This work is an extension of Rennie’s Visible Invisible series which inverts the idea of camouflage. Traditionally, camouflage conceals or disguises animals or objects by using a combination of materials and colouration to optically confuse the observer. Rennie’s use of camouflage amplifies, rather than conceals, his identity. His use of luminous colours commands our attention and asserts his cultural presence in contemporary Australian art.
'Fluro Camo' using inverse combinations
Using oil pastels on fluorescent paper students designed their own neon camouflage inspired by patterns and designs connected to their family. Students then drew these patterns using florescent oil pastels onto black paper. They cut out various shapes from the patterned black paper, choosing shapes of personal significance (favourite shape, shapes around their home, shapes used on sports team logos etc) and secured them on top of the fluorescent paper to create their personal neon camouflage.