Family, Fun and Feelings


Mia Antenucci

Finalist in

Upper Primary Category

Written Statement

My family is one of the things that makes me happy.

I love my brother although he is very annoying. I chose to do a portrait of my brother and I as one face as Mum always jokes about us looking so different but having the same eyes, nose and mouth. My brother has pale skin and is a redhead so I made his face lighter with a white background. I have darker skin and my hair is brown so I made my face darker with a black background. You can immediately see the difference between us but because of our similar features it is very easy to see us as one face.

Another thing that makes me happy is creating things. It doesn’t matter what it is. My brother and I are always putting our textas in together according to colour so I took a photo of them. I put it on a plain white background to make the colour pop. The top of each textas is a circle but from the top when they are all joined together the circles become bigger circles, creating a cool effect. It also looks a bit like a lollipop!

I love books! Books are part of what makes me me. So I tried to put books and I together forever in a self-portrait. The book I chose is one of my favourites, A Waltz for Matilda. It is a wonderful Australian book but a lot of people die in it so at times it can be quite sad. I wanted to show a dark mood like the girl in the book would feel at times.


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