As part of the selecting process, I took time to contemplate each artist’s method and technical qualities and additionally, considered the artist’s intent – that is - did the work say something to me, does it have a strong and unique viewpoint and is it emotive.
The works that I have selected for this year’s prizes fulfil these subjective criteria. And first up I am going to announce the two awards selected for Carved Works.
The sculpture chosen for the Second Prize in the Carved Work category goes to a work that stood out for its individual approach to its subject matter. Though the landscape is a familiar subject in sculpture, it is often characterised by abstracted organic forms or through the choices of materials that have an affinity to nature. This work was more descriptive in its approach, and I enjoyed the works rough textural lines. This award goes to No.13 Moon on the Rise by Kevin Free.
|Plant Form by John Bishop|
The sculpture selected for the First prize of the Carved Work Category is one I instantly thought was elegant and refined. Simplicity is one of the most difficult things to achieve in sculpture - or any art form for that matter. There is no compassion for flaws when a form is reduced down to the basics. So the first prize goes to No.3 Plant Form by John Bishop.
The two prizes for Formed or Cast Works. This was an interesting section to judge, as it covered the materials of bronze, ceramics - including mosaics, and plaster and synthetics.
The second prize goes to sculpture of a simple everyday item that has been created in a material that fundamentally goes against the objects purpose - but convincingly captures the softness and comfort of the form. The award goes to the mosaic pillow No.58 Finding Comfort #1 by Cetta Pilati.
|Feeling the Infinite by Jackie Mackinnon|
The first prize is given to a work that suggested to me, the artist had a very good understanding of the material and how to enhance it through the subtle application of colour. The form was seductive, sensitive and assured. The first prize is for the bronze flower casting No.52 Feeling the Infinite by Jackie Mackinnon.
The final two awards are given to sculptors who have produced Fabricated or Assembled Works. This was the largest field of work to select from, which included 120 entries.
The second prize selected from this category is for a sculpture that stood out to me immediately. Its striking geometric form could be viewed from any angle, and offered a new perspective each time. It was also a technically accomplished work. The second prize goes to No.112 Triptic by Fatih Semiz.
|Home is a Foreign Place by Jo Felstead-Hill|
Penny Teale Senior Curator, McClelland Gallery
|Max - My Favourite bad Dog by Katy Knighton|