Star of Hope Award Winner 2022

A talented student, who created an artwork in honour of his late sister, is the Star of Hope award winner for 2022. 

Isaac from Good Samaritan School, Fairy Meadow created an incredible tribute to his sister's memory. His artwork, called Imogen's Star, skilfully blends the use of mixed mediums with inspiration from an 18th Century artist. The meaning behind the theme shows great insight, wise beyond his years, making meaning of the fragility of life through an enduring, hope-filled legacy.

In Isaac's own words;

"I was blessed to have had a sister for only a short time. The gift of her life changed my life; just as Imogen brought me gifts of compassion, respect and kindness, the Magi presented material gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to baby Jesus. ‘When they saw that the star had stopped, they were  overwhelmed with joy’ (Matthew 2:10). I feel that God chose our family to bring us Imogen as a gift of joy. And like the star that shone for the Wise Men, and continues to shine for us today as a symbol of hope, Imogen’s spirit continues to shine for me. The gift of my sister inspires me to share the gifts of God with everyone around me. I was inspired by 18th Century artist Auguste Edouart because of his love of silhouettes and paper cutting. I used the technique of stencilling, using a round placemat and acrylic paint. Two of the Wise Men were placed beneath the stencil and the third added after printing to symbolise guidance. I threaded gold wire through the design to show the brilliant light shining from the mystical star. I made the star big just as my sister’s heart was."

We congratulate Isaac on winning this prestigious award and for sharing his talents and inspiration with the community.

Pictured: Isaac, his parents Stephen and Lynda-Jane with Director Michael Austin. The Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong Christmas Story Art Exhibition and Competition 2022 on display Wollongong Art Gallery Community Access Gallery (Level 4) until 22 November.