23 July 2014
A month or so ago I was absolutely thrilled to learn that I am a finalist in the Waterhouse Prize, run by the South Australian Museum.
Initial disbelief has morphed into acceptance now that I have dealt with paperwork, had my entry framed and safely delivered to the Museum all ready for the Gala Opening and prize winner announcements on 24 July.
My entry is the latest in the ongoing Vita Nuova series, Thoughts on the Frailty of Life #2. I started this year’s entry last year with the intention of entering then. However, with little time to finish in the aftermath of Capriccio I soon realised that I would never finish in time. So the work was duly put aside and I came back to it in April this year, giving myself only just enough time to finish. My online entry was submitted just two hours short of the deadline.
The medium is scraperboard and the artist statement accompanying the work in the exhibition states:
Inspired by Dante’s Vita Nuova, this work utilises medieval symbols and motifs to reflect on the fragility of life. Here the peacock (symbol of immortality) is set above the skeletonised remains of a baby blackbird and surrounded by text and nature-based ornamentation in emulation of an illuminated manuscript folio.