July 24, 2008

Finalist in the Trust Waikato National Contemporary Arts Award 2008

Selected as a finalist!!! I have been advised I have been selected out of a pool of more than 200 entries as a finalist!! More info on the National Arts Awards here (including a slide show of entries) and text info here. Natasha Conland, Curator, Auckland Art Gallery said the following about the 2008 finalists:

"It shouldn’t be a surprise that this year’s finalists have thrown up some strong contenders in the areas of painting and photography. As diverse as they are to one another, these works articulate an ongoing interest in wall-based image making. Even when the primary motivation is a performative action, a relationship with location or an object, the idea has been resolved on the wall, in the now-neutral format of picture making. In this context, those artists working in three-dimensions also appear to be picture making in sound and space. Many of these artists reveal their sophisticated and long-term engagement with the process of art making. Others have provided genuinely engaging platforms for their personal, conceptual and aesthetic enquiries.

In selecting the finalists I have focused on works that are instilled with the qualities of curiosity. Sometimes provocative sometimes subtle, these are objects and images which invite speculation, not only as to their physical and conceptual natures but also to their intention. In these terms they may be at once familiar and inviting while equally disruptive for our senses. All in all, the best of these works show a visual intelligence and a capacity for translating the multifarious domain of ideas into form." [post from the Waikato Museum website]

Fan mail from around the world: That's so wonderful. Congratulations! What an honor! It's a really beautiful painting. I sat mesmerized, looking at the ghostly reflections in the water and the way the movement of the trees as they divide and merge and go from very distinct to impressionistic. Are you using water colors? Really fantastic! Congratulations again! L. Illion, USA Wow, that is so cool! It is such an honour to have gotten that far!!! Well done!! A. Zilberberg, New Zealand
I did not win the supreme award but my painting was first to sell at the opening of the exhibition!!!! A visual narrative of what an enchanted forest might feel like (taking off from the painting) and the "behind the scenes - Getting ready for the final exhibition" video clips can be viewed here.
Huge thank you to David Carter - who... framed me before going to the Trust Waikato Contemporary Arts Awards 2008 with a present lovingly crafted for the "Enchanted forest". Special thanks to a special friend!