Congratulations to the winning artists for 2019! Awards were presented to the Overall Winner, four Category Winners and five Highly Commended artists at the Awards Night in St George’s Cathedral on 25 July.
Pictured here is Mikayla Grosse, Overall Winner, with her work, Quotidien Routine. This cleverly designed 3D video art piece explores the common experience of technology taking over our lives and becoming our routine. Mikayla is in Year 12 at Applecross Senior High School and plans to study screen production in Sydney to further her ambition to work in the film industry. The judges selected Mikayla’s work from amongst a record 172 works from 61 schools, on display in St George’s Cathedral until 28 July.
Here is Mikayla’s description of the work:
“This work contemplates the monotony of everyday rituals, targeting the prevalence of technology in our lives and the unhealthy routines that come about as a result. Combining animation modelled over real video and the structural element of a building, I was partly inspired by the artist Tony Oursler. Each ‘room’ has its own story, but if you look carefully, some of the narratives are intertwined, much like our lives.”
The Overall Winner’s prize is generously provided by Janet Holmes à Court AC.
2D: Annaliese Iliffe-Turner, Pa
“Time is intangible and inevitable. It is an omnipresent force, and yet we are rarely able to produce a visual representation of it. In my production piece I have tried to visualise this idea of time through the lines of age and the stories faces tell.”
3D: Jordan Carrasco, Encapsulated
“My artwork comments on the struggle faced by people with a mental illness. The sculpture features my face and hands protruding from a wall, symbolising the feeling of being trapped by your own mind. The grout is made from individually formed ceramic pills. These represent the range of medications taken in an attempt to improve mental health.”
Digital (sponsored by Church + Osborne): Ally-May McGaw, Surface Tension
“My artwork represents the idea that anyone, regardless of their background or position in society, can be overcome by a mental illness at some stage in their life.”
Mixed Media and Textiles: Mia Shaw, Make Up of Me
“Your heritage is something that will always be with you. It’s something you can’t change. My work explores my own family history that makes up who I am. The flower revealed behind each person symbolises their nationality.”
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Amy Robinson for Ihr Zuhause (Her Home)
Keren Cobel for The Enchanted Australian Bush
Lewis Hemery for Family Pool
William Boutle for Man and Machine
Melanie Tan for Kung Hei Fat Choy