Artwork title: 'The Yellow Sunflower'
In collaboration with Dr Jananie William, Senior Lecturer in Actuarial Studies, this image focuses predominantly on the feminine experience of domestic violence (DV) survivors. In relation to Dr Jananie’s research into DV, this work projects a positive example of how women can thrive and be successful as they move forward after experiencing DV. Traditionally the sunflower has been associated with the characteristics of hope, strength and endurance.
The yellow sunflower is included in the image to highlight the potential opportunities for DV women survivors. Women who experience DV often suffer physical and emotional trauma. Within these violent relationships, women can feel bare and vulnerable. The women’s face is hidden from us and her identity remains unknown to show the universality of pain and vulnerability of DV. Her bareness is exposed to us as we see the nakedness of her back. Although experiencing DV is a challenging and painful experience, there is hope for these women. The yellow in the bra, like the sunflower, shows strength as the woman moves forward by getting dressed and proceeding with her life post-DV.
Artist: Faith Stellmaker
Faith Stellmaker is an analogue and digital photography student at ANU. Her work explores the ways in which girls present themselves and has been largely focused on adolescence and youth. Previous group exhibitions include VIEW2020 at Canberra’s Photoaccess and Everyone Looking at Everyone at the ANU School of Art Gallery Foyer. In addition, she has contributed to the ANU Women’s Department’s publication Bossy.
Dr Jananie William
Jananie William is a Senior Lecturer in Actuarial Studies and Advisor to The Social Outcomes Lab. With over 15 years of experience in industry and academic roles, Jananie brings a unique cross-discipline approach to her research areas of public health, public policy and human services with a focus on actuarial applications to women's issues.
She works with cross-discipline teams to address complex public health issues, including domestic and family violence and maternal health. Jananie’s work has been published in leading scholarly journals including Annals of Actuarial Science and Accounting and Finance.
Jananie’s multi-disciplinary research is centred on addressing some of the most complex women’s health issues we face today. Her past and current research looks at traumatic experiences women can face either through childbirth or living with violence and aims to inform policy solutions through the health system to improve the outcomes of women who have experienced such life events. She is passionate about seeing a world where women live a life free of violence, have hope after trauma and flourish in all spheres of life.
Artwork title: 'Nothing More, Nothing Less'
Looking at the role of the audit and assurance industry, Nothing More, Nothing Less considers how this professional practice functions in a way that is abstract in the physical sense but vital from an economic point of view. With no particular cultural or regional confines, this business represents a universal issue with the quality of the work itself making up for its absence of the physical. Nothing More, Nothing Less provides a visual interpretation of how the ongoing relationship between the process and the intended result ensures the integrity of a business structure is maintained.
This project was created in consultation with the Director of the Australian National Centre for Audit and Assurance Research (ANCAAR) and encompasses their work, particularly in relation to corporate governance and the economics of regulation. The piece demonstrates how this is not always a straightforward relationship, but one that ultimately leads to the confidence that a business structure is credible and reliable.
Artist: Rachel Agnew
Having recently graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Visual Arts, Rachel Agnew tests the boundaries of abstract, conceptual and documentary photography within present-day constructs. Her work engages with both digital and analogue processes as she investigates the role of the photographer as contemporary artistic and commercial definitions continue to coexist and transform.
Her practice concentrates on structuring highly distinctive compositions with a focus on the ongoing currency between form and formlessness. Her work is largely influenced by personal experience as she observes and records the structures and environments that surround her, as well as the individual stories and personalities found within them. She presents work that often implies unspoken context, choosing to provide her audience with a framework for their own external thought.
Dr Greg Shailer participated in the program on behalf of The Australian National Centre for Audit and Assurance Research (ANCAAR). ANCAAR fosters, facilitates and disseminates research in auditing and assurance that is of significance to policy makers, the audit profession, and users of audit reports. A major research focus of ANCAAR members is on financial statement auditing, which is highly regulated. In this context, auditing is concerned providing an independent examination of financial disclosures against objective criteria, with the objective of reducing information risk.
Artwork title: 'One and All'
One and All is inspired by beehives, which is a natural product of highly organised insects. It resonates with Dr. Park's research on individual behaviours and team dynamics.
After discussing with Dr. Park, we agreed to present her research about the effects brought to the team performance by individual’s different behaviours. Apparently there is a clear but complex link between individuals and the team. The artist tried to abstract this complex into a big hexagon in which smallest elements could impact the final effects significantly by changing different directions.
Meanwhile the optical illusion is my favourite artistic presentation of geometric shapes. At this stage, this conceptual idea is to demonstrate the powerful effect by geometric shapes and highly organised elements. The final shape and details are subject to change.
Artist: David Liu
David is an artist, designer and furniture maker. He uses geometric shapes and perspective views in his practice and highlights his work with optical illusion. Audiences are invited to look at and interpret his works from different angles.
David understands and expresses the beauty of a complex world with simplified forms. David holds a Bachelor of Design degree from ANU School of Art and Design, is the 2021 furniture workshop associate in JamFactory, Adelaide. His Leaf Table is a part of the 2021 Craft ACT: Emerging Contemporary exhibition. His Lotus Cabinet is loaned to the ACT Legislative Assembly for exhibition for 2021.
Guihyun Park is an Associate Professor of Management. Her research interests include how people react to team members’ ideas and contributions, how a team of individuals develops its own dynamics, and dynamics co-evolve over time. By gaining a deeper understanding of team dynamics, Guihyun ultimately seeks to discover ways to better manage the aspects and processes of teams so that teams and their members will be able to not only work more effectively, but experience personal and collective growth.
Artwork title: 'Game'
This work pays tribute to the research of College of Business and Economics Academic Dr Fedor Iskhakov. It is a visual tribute to multiple elements of his research that covers both the applied and theoretical aspects of economics. The artwork is created by collaging elements together in Photoshop – graphics from slideshows that directly relate to the theoretical economics; specifically, methods in mathematical and computational economics. The other collaged images relate to broader topics within the applied aspect of his research which include building and estimating mathematical models for the purpose of better design of governmental policy, primarily in social security and pension and to the economics field more broadly. Considering this, collaging images together from multiple sources from lecture slides and from art history enables the work to pay homage to the duality and scope of the research.
Artist: Natasha Pidcock
Natasha Pidcock is a Canberra-based artist commencing her honours year in painting at the ANU School of Art and Design. Her painting practice is concerned with photo-digital techniques of collage and montage, and exploring and manipulating found media. She ultimately explores the value of images in our time of mass production of visual content within consumer culture and pop culture whilst exploring the relationship with the painted image in the digital age.
Fedor Iskhakov is an applied micro-econometrician working to inform public policy in the areas of social security, taxation and industry regulations. In his projects Fedor uses economic theory together with administrative and survey data to build numerical models of individual and strategic decision making over time. Once estimated to represent the observable data, these models are used to quantify the effects of governmental interventions by performing counterfactual simulations of such interventions.
To push the boundary of how accurately theoretical models can reflect complex economic environments, Fedor also develops new mathematical and computational methods used in the analysis of dynamic strategic interaction and market equilibria. Fedor got his PhD at the University of Oslo, Norway, in 2009. His doctoral thesis, ``A dynamic structural analysis of health and retirement'', was awarded His Majesty the King of Norway's gold medal for the best research in social sciences among young researchers in Norway in 2008. Before joining the Research School of Economics at ANU, Fedor was the fellow of at ARC Center of Excellence for Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), UNSW, Center for the Study of Choice (CenSoC), UTS, and Frisch Centre for Economic Research at the University of Oslo. He had visiting positions at St.Petersburg State University and Higher School of Economics (Russia), University of Maryland and the University of Oxford.