September 26, 2012
To mark the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II, students in South African Catholic schools were invited to submit works reflecting key themes of the council. We feature here the winners in the primary and secondary sections of the competition.
Love One Another
[Ezrah Arendse, aged 9, Christian Brothers’ College, Mount Edmund, Pretoria]
My artwork is about people living life, loving one another. I used bright joyful colours to show happiness. While painting this I thought about all the people I love, and what I can do to show I love them. My painting is about doing good deeds to others to bring peace and joy to them. My vision is for the world to be a better place, filled with hope and joy for the future. I thank God that I am alive and have a future, I have the ability to bring joy to everyone I meet and in this way follow Christ’s example .
[Azraa Gabru, aged 16, St Conrad’s College, Klerksdorp]
The girl in the painting can represent anyone. She doesn't only represent depression, but any other problem such as illness, war, etc. I didn't make her skin a definite colour because the problems that we face are universal.
Hope and joy is represented as unseen colours because the blue light shines on the girl but she doesn't see it. This shows us that hope and joy is always around us and that sometimes we take our blessings for granted.
I used different colours in the blue circle around the girl to show how hope and joy can come in its many forms, from prayer to the support of family and friends.
In brief, hope and joy is always going to be there. We just need to stay positive during tough times and uncover these unseen colours.