All Suzy’s dunking worth it

Suzy Saylak says used teabags can represent our differences and, ultimately, our unity.

Suzy Saylak says used teabags can represent our differences and, ultimately, our unity.

SUZY Saylak had to drink hundreds of cups of tea in only a month to create her artwork — but it was worth it.

Sense of Unity, her year 12 piece, is one of 49 chosen from 3000 VCE artworks to appear at the StArt Up: Top Arts 2014 exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.

“I have been going to the exhibition every year since I was young and I used to think how amazing the artworks were and how awesome it would be if I could get into it,” she said.

When in year 12 at Catholic College Wod-onga last year, her goal was create an artwork worthy of the exhibition.

“I put passion and effort and a lot of hours into my piece,” she said.

“I didn’t think I had a chance and, when I got shortlisted, it was so great I thought I could die happy.”

Her work is a collage of rolled used teabags.

“Teabags represent humanity and us as individuals and how we have the same insides, we all have a heart and a brain,” she said.

“But each used teabag has a different characteristic and appear in different tones.

“I’ve put each teabag together to represent unity and how we all come together in the end.”

Ms Saylak, who is studying a Bachelor of Education at Victoria University, hoped the exhibition would make her more employable in future.

“Having this on my resume shows I am passionate and committed to my work,” she said.