At the St George’s Art Gala Awards Night on Thursday 21 July, Dunja Rmandic, Associate Curator from the Art Gallery of WA, awarded prizes to nine selected artworks.
St George’s Art 2016 is open until 24 July, from 10am to 4pm daily (12 noon to 4pm Sunday 24 July).
The winners are:
Overall Winner and 2D Category Winner: Georgie Tunbridge, Geraldton Grammar School, for Disclosure (Oil on Plywood)
From a young age we are told that disclosure can be used as a tool that allows us to voice our opinions, needs or worries. However, personal experiences have led me to conclude that it can be just as equally useless and counterproductive. I wanted to address the dissatisfaction disclosure brings and the feelings of utter incompetence and stupidity felt when trying to express my concerns, hence the feeling of talking to a brick.
– Georgie Tunbridge
3D Category Winner: Carla Genovesi, Melville Senior High School, for The Politics of Aesthetic Forms: For the Love Venus of Women (Clay and Perspex Acrylic)
My work testifies to some of the most iconic representations of women in art history. Appropriated from the original Venus of Willendorf my work was created to inform the audience about the metamorphosis of women in society and the change from being a life giver to a sexual object, particularly with the assistance of the media. The intention of the work was to allow the viewer to appreciate all aspects of beauty.
– Carla Genovesi
Digital Category Winner: Justice Goodrick, Prendiville Catholic College, for Prelude to Serenity (Video/Animation)
The artwork is a composite of both video and animated visuals. It focusses on the themes of loss, fragmentation and hope. The work acts as a poignant reflection on life and the feelings associated with a breakdown in a relationship. The animation sequences are representative of a state of mind, being free from a sense of loss and anguish.
– Justice Goodrick
Textiles and Wearable Art Category Winner: Alix Crowe, Penrhos College, for Asking For It (Textiles)
Patriarchal conventions often dictate how women should behave, dress and interact in contemporary society. My artwork suggests that when women cast off society's controlling conventions, the only thing they are "asking for" is freedom of expression. The long coat opening to reveal a delicate lace dress beneath describes how society’s conventions can overpower the individual. No longer protective, the coat only serves to oppress and restrain the revealing lace dress worn underneath symbolizing femininity. – Alix Crowe
Kayla O’Donnell, Harvey Senior High School, for Revival (Objet Trouvé)
Lara Sawyer, Iona Presentation College, for The Decaying Kind (Oil)
Eleanor Shenton, St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, for Fresh Start (Oil on Board, Pill Packet, Ants in Resin)
Emma Parr, Santa Maria College, for Forbidden Fruit (Pencil on Paper)
Sarina Roose, Seton Catholic College, for "Dystopia (Houston We Have a Problem)" (Mixed Media)