At the St George’s Art Gala Awards Night on Wednesday 24 July, Stefano Carboni, Director of the Art Gallery of WA, awarded prizes to nine selected artworks.
St George’s Art 2013 is open until 28 July, from 10.00am to 4.00pm daily (12 noon to 4.00pm Sunday 28 July).
The winners are:
Overall Winner and 3D Category Winner: Jack Charlton, Aquinas College, for Farm Worker (Metal and clay sculpture)
"Farm Worker" constructed from farm machinery parts and natural clay, expresses the hardship faced by working class wheat belt farmers annually. Continual droughts have left those on the land struggling with finance, depression, hardship and even suicide. Stressful seasonal success depends on mother nature and is something out of farmers control. Farmers just want the opportunity to give their son the same thing their father gave them, the opportunity to continue farming.
– Jack Charlton
2D Category Winner: Georgina Bower, Perth College, for Halfway Gone (Oil on canvas)
Halfway Gone was inspired by romantic portrayals of the Australian landscape in works from the Heidelberg School, particularly Frederick McCubbin’s The Pioneer. While McCubbin’s triptych celebrates the ‘taming’ of the land, my painting is a contemporary narrative about the gradual destruction of Western Australian forests through Dieback, largely caused by the movement of humans. The city in the distance gives a greater sense of the extreme demolition of nature and encourages juxtaposition with The Pioneer. – Georgina Bower
Digital Category Winner: Anastasia Spriggs, Living Waters Lutheran College, for Creation of Technology(Digital Print)
Through the exploration of Unity and Division within modern culture, my chosen focus became the positive and destructive sides of technology and the interaction between them. I investigated photographer Chris Jordan and his works demonstrating the effects of mass consumption through photography and digital manipulation. Jordan’s works influenced my ideas through his methods of portraying a message. References made to Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam", various internet logos and studies made from technological equipment. – Anastasia Spriggs
Textiles and Wearable Art Category Winner: Elouise Clarke, John XXIII College, for Coral Outcrop (Felted sculpture)
After exploring the natural forms and detritus found in and around the ocean, I developed a fascination and delight for the unique colours, patterns and forms of tropical coral. I have created a brightly coloured coral sculpture using handmade felt and the technique of hollow form felting. – Elouise Clarke
Gabrielle Lawrie, All Saints’ College, for Obsessionata Fortissimo (Mixed media)
Patrick Flynn, Irene McCormack Catholic College, for Pseudo-Society (Drawing)
Beth Hickson, Kalamunda Senior High School, for Self Portrait with Moustache (Oil on canvas)
Shianne Pursell, Living Waters Lutheran College, for The World Submerged (Mixed media)
Taylor-Jeanne Brown, Ursula Frayne Catholic College, for Modern Consumer (Clay)