Ayla Thorbjornsen, Co-existence Graphite pencil, watercolour and white gel ink pen on paper

Ayla Thorbjornsen, Co-existence, graphite pencil, watercolour and white gel ink pen on paper

Taminmin College student Ayla Thorbjornsen has taken out the EX!T ART 2017 NT Student Exhibition Peoples' Choice Award, with her stunning and detailed work, Co-existence. The three panelled work on paper demonstrated Thorbjornsen's meticulous hand and disciplined control of her selected mediums.

The work articulates environmental concerns and the dangers of loosing our connection to the natural world.

"My artwork explores the idea of our relationship with nature and learning to appreciate it more in our technology-fuelled lives. This is most strongly symbolised in the arteries that pierce through the subject’s neck and morph into branches and blossoms; a representation of the dependency that humans and nature have on one another in order to survive."

Winning this year's Peoples' Choice is twice as sweet given Thorbjornsen's beautiful work was also selected for the Art Educators of the Northern Territory Award.

Congratulations Ayla, your exceptional skills have been recognised by both these awards. MAGNT wishes you every success as you build on these achievements into your bright and creative future.