Art student aims to spark debate at end-of-year show

Sasha Damjanovic, 19, with the artwork she completed on her BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in art and design
Sasha Damjanovic, 19, with the artwork she completed on her BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in art and design
Lee Hider with his work at the exhibition

Students snap their take on city life for exhibition

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FOR aspiring artist and student Sasha Damjanovi, having the chance to devise her own theme for her end of year project was a freeing experience.

Having just completed her second and final year on a BTEC level three extended diploma in art and design at South Downs College, she wanted to finish her time as a college student by demonstrating her penchant for art with a subversive edge.

Her work, which includes a puppet version of David Cameron, has been on display in an end-of-year exhibition at the college and has provoked quite a response from those who have seen it.

Sasha, 19, said: ‘I noticed that people were discussing politics at when I started the project.

‘The message of my art was a collection of views that I had picked up on.

‘I found it interesting how everyone had an opinion so the work was a reflection of the public.

‘A lot of people had a reaction to it, even people on my opening night said it was really interesting to have their views put up in such a way.’

Sasha was inspired by artist Peter Kennard’s use of satire in his photomontage work.

Her aim with her final year project was to create ‘an array of anti-establishment, albeit light-hearted, mixed-media works’ and a ‘series that every person will react differently to and, more importantly, cannot ignore’.

She explained why art means so much to her: ‘It’s freedom of expression. I can relax while I’m doing art.

‘I do have an interest in controversial art.

‘I’m not interested in offending anybody but I wanted to show how a lot of people do think.’

Sasha will be starting a course in fine art at the University of Chichester in September.