This is the first time that I have been selected for an art prize, so a very exciting and nervous time. Creating the Installation instructions, Packaging and delivering the finished work were all part of the learning curve. Arriving at the VIP opening reminded me of days gone by in Sydney when I lived another life.

Seeing my work beautifully installed, next to Robert Andrews works was a very happy moment. It took me ages before I actually went over and looked at my work, read the statement (as if for the first time), I felt quite shy about being near it. And then the winners were announced, a video record of a live performance “Waiting for Time” by Michaela Gleave.

My favourite part was on the Saturday following the opening, listening to the artist’s floor talks, it is such an insightful way to get to know someones work, and their practice and ethos behind what they do. For more details on the other finalists go to The Churchie Home Page

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Unresolved – (Installation) photo by Tony Webdale

Hemp Canvas & Silk Cotton Hemp Swatches Eco Dyed, Wooden Chair

1700mm x 1300mm

This work is from the body of work Lovingly Interrupted exhibited in 2014 at Gallery 159 Brisbane.

The installation Unresolved is the final piece made for a mentored exhibition in 2014. I had visions of perfection, the most spectacular work accomplished so far. After months of preparation, I unrolled the dyed work to great disappointment. Nothing like I had hoped. And so it became an installation of unresolved ideas. The process for this work included collecting leaves, documenting place and time, the nautral pigments implanting unique prints onto the hemp fabric. The stack of small ‘sample’ squares that sit on the broken child’s chair, speak of despair and hours of experimentation and trials that have gone before. Finally haphazardly hanging the work on hooks on the wall, documents a pause of waiting, unresolved and unfinished work.

Selected for 2015 The Churchie Emerging Artist Award  this award was established in 1987 as an art prize dedicated to innovation and excellence across contemporary, traditional and new media genres. Artists from all Australian states and territories are selected as finalists for the exhibition in a professional public gallery space.