OFF THE WALL 2018
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Winner: Larissa Ollivain
Judge: Neil Laredo
Jane Canfield representing Bendigo Bank, prize donors.
Patricia Abela, Neil Laredo. Jo Chipperfield
Neil Laredo, Denise van Horen, Jo Chipperfield
Neil Laredo, April Erzetich, Jo Chipperfield
Neil Laredo, Maurice Franco, Jo Chipperfield
First Prize: Ocean
Artist: Larissa Ollivain
I have spoken of a few of the many aspects of sculpture that I believe are essential in its making of art. In this work called Ocean by Larissa, I believe she has captured all these elements. But it’s more. I have spoken about the importance of the process and here especially I would like to add that the process is not just perfecting the work based skill but being able to orchestrate those skills in interpreting the essence of the “story’”.
Second Prize: Vessel for Manaro Voui, Vanuatu
Artist: Patricia Abela
Medium: Prunus (plum tree branches), Phoromium Tenax
One of the things I look for in sculpture is it gives up its meaning. Descriptive in an abstract form. The material is significant in the work in itself and helps identify the work with the artist. The ‘vessel’ is a great metaphor used by artists to tell their story and in this work by Patti, the combination of metaphor and materials has developed a work that is engaging in its minimalist form.
Highly Commended : Message Sticks
Artist: Amos Grace
Medium: Found objects: wood & metal
The work in its title comes with many iconic images of notable works but as I saw the work for the first time I was taken by the arrangement, its simplicity in form, not overworked but commanding its own space.
Highly Commended: Entangled Sphere
Artist: Denise van Horen
Medium: Wire, Barbed wire, chain
Entangled Sphere is a work that is loaded with iconic symbols and the immediate reaction of here is something to be aware of. It creates a strength in its sharp tactile presence.
Artist: April Erzetich
Medium: Copper wire, palm inflorescence, paper wasp nests.
Here are two types of material brought skilfully together to create tension. A place of refuge with a softness within the heart of the work surrounded by a warning, like the tentacles of a jelly fish.
Artist :Maurice Franco
Medium: Unfired clay
One of the most debated topics of today is identity and one which I am very conscious of in my own work and in Maurice’s work “Together” .I found the intertwined figures highlighted the importance of personal space in relation to one’s own identity.