At the St George’s Art Gala Awards Night on Thursday 23 July, Dr Stefano Carboni, Director of the Art Gallery of WA, awarded prizes to nine selected artworks.
St George’s Art 2015 is open until 26 July, from 10.00am to 4.00pm daily (12 noon to 4.00pm Sunday 26 July).
The winners are:
Overall Winner and 2D Category Winner: Toby Hills, Hale School, for In Touch (Coloured pencil on cartridge paper)
My artwork is an academic drawing that portrays the influence of technology on all generations. The idea behind the drawing was to emphasise how people engage with technology, creating a non-existent world around themselves. The white background highlights the subject's total absorption in her conversation to the exclusion of all else.
– Toby Hills
3D Category Winner: Michelle McMahon, Corpus Christi College, for Distress's tranquil hideaway (Ceramics)
My work looks at the human condition through the positioning of raw, expressive forms with refined detail over the body, absent from superficial clothing distorting the individual's purity. It is figurative in expressing hidden emotions, inner mental conflict, reflection, and dreams, conveyed physically using emotive, gestural movement of the body in an almost freeze-frame, capturing vulnerability and isolation.
– Michelle McMahon
Digital Category Winner: Charlotte Bradley, Prendiville Catholic College, for Black and White (Digital Art (DVD) with accompanying digital print)
'Black and White' is an artwork displaying identity in association with racial stereotypes. Being an Australian of mixed-race, I have used myself as the subject to display a confusion as to what stereotypes to conform to in order to identify with common expectations within society. I have presented the 'skin' as something that can be easily removed though it continues to remain a constant. Sound has been appropriated and adapted from GarageBand software.
– Charlotte Bradley
Textiles and Wearable Art Category Winner: Tessa Dorotich, St Stephen's School Carramar, for Beautiful Bruises (Textile)
My artwork explores the issue of the romanticism of abuse, especially against women. The desensitization of violence has lead society to see domestic abuse as perhaps a "beautiful" tragedy. My work was inspired by the work of Ann Teresa Barboza, especially her figurative pieces depicting her feminist views. – Tessa Dorotich
Neisha Phipps, Melville Senior High School (Acrylic paint on canvas)
Zoe Jordan, Safety Bay Senior High School, for Egg on a Frok (Digital Photography)
Alicia Maria, Warnbro Community High School, for Skeleton of Life (Digital Print)
Cassie Manifold, All Saints' College, for Desolation (Scraperboard)
Paige Hurihanganui, Peter Moyes Anglican Community School, for Findings (Ceramics and glaze)