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Jacinta Joe

DIGITAL MEDIA

Jacinta Joe

Artist biography

Jacinta Joe was born in Canberra and is a second year Digital Media student at the Australian National University. Her interest in digital media originated from watching cartoons and playing video games. During high school, her hobbies were drawing (both traditional and digital) and occasionally animation, which she tried to incorporate into her school work whenever possible.

Her main interests are animation and illustration, however since starting Digital Media at the Australian National University, Jacinta is experimenting with different forms of media and how it can be incorporated with her style of work.

Artist work: Let's Go Phar Lap!

Medium: Web browser
Date: November 2012

A newspaper

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Artist statement

Let's Go Phar Lap! is an animated cartoon of people cheering for the wonder horse, Phar Lap. He carried the hopes of thousands as he raced in the Melbourne Cup, particularly during the difficult years of the Great Depression. This piece hopes to portray the excitement and joy experienced by Australians nationwide.

Artist inspiration

The inspiration for Let's Go Phar Lap! came from personal experiences of the Melbourne Cup. Although I have never attended the race, there is widespread excitement about the race. The Melbourne Cup is called 'the race that stops a nation', as thousands tune in to see the results. I remember the days when my teacher would turn on the radio and my entire class would listen in. I would see people gathering at bars, dressing up, newspapers with Melbourne Cup headlines everywhere. For a single event to be able to cause nationwide excitement is what is really amazing about the race.

Artist work: Glory Days

Medium: Web browser
Date: November 2012

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Artist statement

Glory Days is an abstract representation of the Melbourne suburb, Sunshine. It is amazing how a seemingly average suburb could be home to an iconic landmark such as Sunshine Harvester Works. Through this work, I hope to convey the history and change that Sunshine has undertaken, which many of us would have never known. 

Artist inspiration

The suburb of Sunshine was home to the largest industrial factory in Australia, Sunshine Harvester Works, however today it is an average Melbourne suburb.

The factory’s logo struck me first, being a bright red and yellow sun, fitting for its name. From there, I could see a vibrant factory and community after looking into the history. It is intriguing how Sunshine could change so drastically, so this contrast from its 'glory days' to today is the story I want to tell.

The complexity of the parts which made up the Sunshine harvester inspired me to represent Sunshine’s history in a way that resembled the harvester, as the machine itself was the centre of Sunshine’s success.