Well here it is, the Art Prize I've entered before and one I've hung in (been successfully accepted) a few times.
Environmental Art Prizes and I go way way back, back to a time when there wasn't any or even any sections within Art Prizes. I would enter the sculpture section and have to include my life's focus of environmental issues in my artist statement. Not so these days, which is fantastic.
I have always used my art as a way to inspire others to care more for the environment. I found Art Prizes a fantastic way to spread the message easily and widely. People would be drawn in by the interesting art and then, as I witness when watching, they would "GET" the message.
Warringah Art Prize 2011 successful entry
59 x 48 x 33cm
sculpture and assemblage of found objects from the beaches of Warringah
aluminium cans, plastic drinking straws, foam fishing floats, beer bottle top, esky lids, fishing tackle, fishing line, various nets and meshes, bottles, metal signage, plastic pieces, light bulb, broken glass, plastic bowl, metal light fitting, fabric, wire, bead, broken piece of a wharf
"Shiny Shiny Right Down Beside Me"
solo exhibition - Reconciled Rejections, Manly 2010
sculpture and assemblage of found objects
47 x 22 x 17cm
Petite Exhibition Mary Place Gallery, Paddington, Sydney 2009
garden shears c1950s, silk flowers, butterfly earring, silver liquor glass, candle stick, bottling lid c1960s, salt shaker c1940s, wire, modeling clays, doll arms, paint, polish paste tin c1930s
Mermaids created from beach waste, flowers from rubbish found on hikes, animals and birds from household waste, gods and goddesses and shrines from the trinkets we discard have been my usual portfolio.
This year I decided to look at how I could improve my personal studio practice and further reduce any waste. As I also sketch, draw, paint and create in lino print, I have a lot of paper waste. Anyone who has enjoyed any sort of Print Making will know, the waste from a run is a issue. I have been using my waste as scrap paper but really I wanted to reduce my footprint completely. This is how "The Waratah Run" my entry in this years Waste To Art Warringah Art Prize, was born.
I have collected all of the damaged prints, the ones that didn't turn out perfectly, the images that I wasn't happy with once painted and created one work with them. Even the size of the work was determined by the amount of waste from the run.
This is an unpainted lino print from the run
And this is a painted one:
Yes some of you will recognise it! ;)
I then drew out in free hand a replica of the print image on canvas (an old canvas that I mended & re-purposed) and cut all of the discarded prints to collaged. The entire image was then painted.
I love the process and it will now be what I will do with all my print runs so that nothing remains to justify afterwards.
So this is my entry this year:
"The Waratah Run"
102cm x 77cm
Mixed Media: Reused canvas, damaged linoprints, paint, ink, charcoal
Good luck to everyone who has entered this year.
We all hold our breath and wether you have to do the slow walk to collect early this week or the happy dance on opening night, remember, whatever the outcome, you did it! You gave it a go, you created something, you are "Daring Greatly" and living with PASSION!
May Nature Always Bless you with all that you Need!
THIS LINK FOR ALLTHE DETALS:
WARRINGAH ART PRIZE & EXHIBITION
There is a General Section as well and a Youth Section for you all round Art Lovers and there is the Waste to Art Section which features Environmental Art. I'm not the only one in there! Lots of amazing, beautiful and very important works are always such a major element of the Warringah.
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