YOUNG TALENT: Penwhaupell resident Zara Bambling, who boards at Fairholme College Toowoomba, was recognised as Most Promising Artist at the recent Facets of Fairholme exhibition.
YOUNG TALENT: Penwhaupell resident Zara Bambling, who boards at Fairholme College Toowoomba, was recognised as Most Promising Artist at the recent Facets of Fairholme exhibition. Contributed

North Burnett student earns Most Promising Artist title

ARTISTIC blood runs deep in the Bambling family.

The late Paddy Bambling was known widely for her unique Penwhaupell Pottery, named for the station the family still lives on southeast of Gayndah.

Paddy's granddaughter Zarabella, who boards at Fairholme College Toowoomba, is continuing that family tradition, having just been recognised as Most Promising Artist at the third annual Facets of Fairholme art exhibition for her piece Deconstruction of Female.

"Ever since I was a child, I've loved drawing, painting, anything artsy and crafty,” Ms Bambling said.

Deconstruction "explores representations of females in society,” she said.

Study the multi-panelled artwork closely and you will notice one of the panels is an homage to iconic pop artist Andy Warhol, whose work Ms Bambling said had influenced her, as he was another artist who also explored the female form in-depth, most famously his Marilyn Monroe series of screen prints.

She is also influenced by the self-portraits of Frida Kahlo.

"I keep coming back to females (in my art),” Ms Bambling said.

"Or actually, identity itself.

"There's lots of women out there and we are all connected through the thread of being female.”

Ms Bambling said art classes at Fairholme had enabled her to explore different themes and mediums, such as print-making and sculpture.

The Year 11 student is considering pursuing a career as an art teacher or designer when she graduates at the end of next year.

She makes it home to Penwhaupell every school holiday, where she said she spent lazy afternoons sketching in her notepad.

Ms Bambling is also using her talents to creating hand-painted earrings to sell.


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