Congratulations to the Mandorla Art Award 2022 winners: Claire Beausein, Angela Stewart, Susan Roux, and Michael Iwanoff.
This year’s theme is ‘Metamorphosis – a profound or radical change’, and accompanying quote from Isaiah 43:19: “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”
Claire Beausein (WA) won the major $25,000 St John of God Health Care Prize with Chalice, a stunning work created from wild silkworm cocoons stitched together with silk thread. A poignant addition to the work is the use of museum pins, traditionally employed to secure moths for display. Beausein’s ancestors were lace makers, and this influence is inherent in her work.
Judges Chris Malcolm, Erin Coates and Ros Fairless, said, “The prophetic imagination invites us to lay aside old ways of being and sources of authority, and to imagine new futures. Claire’s work embodies this call, as she moves beyond symbolism and works patiently with raw materials, each chrysalis a vessel that holds transformation. The shimmering, luminous quality of the work had an immediate impact on all three judges, and the decision was swift and unanimous. The work evokes images of shedding one’s skin in order to grow, of ceremonial scrolls, cloaks, and other religious ephemera, but the artist’s lightness of hand lends the work a magical quality, as if silkworms themselves had made it. Exquisitely made, Chalice floats off the background, shimmering with golden, dappled light and shadow, inviting us to imagine . . . “
$5,000 Highly Commended sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Perth: Terre Verte by Susan Roux.
$5,000 Highly Commended sponsored by the Anglican Diocese of Perth: The Rider by Angela Stewart.
$5,000 Patricia Toohey Painting Prize: fromlittlethings by Michael Iwanoff.
Voting is open online for the People’s Choice Award, announced at New Norcia Museum and Gallery on Saturday 18 June.
The 2022 Mandorla Art Award is on show at Holmes à Court Gallery, West Perth, from 21 May to 10 June. Curator Lyn DiCiero says the selection is diverse and fascinating. “From unusual uranium glass which glows under a black light to a delicate print on wood, accomplished video works and beautifully resolved artworks, the 2022 Mandorla Art Award will be an exhibition not to be missed.”