Gold Coast International
AND THE WINNER IS
Lives and works on the
Gold Coast, QLD
shades of blue 2011
porcelain and pure silk
100 x 42 x 23cm
Local artist Leisa Russell has been awarded the 28th
Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award of $10,000 with the work
subsequently entering the Gold Coast City Gallery Collection.
The winning piece, 11 shades of blue,
constructed from porcelain and pure silk managed to edge out the
other contenders in a selection that demonstrates the outstanding
quality of contemporary ceramic art practice.
On the winning piece, this year’s judge, Dr Kevin Murray,
“11 shades of blue
is an exquisitely made and imaginatively conceived work. It is
a most intriguing play of history, nature, gender, colour and craft.
The blue dress made of porcelain coins is marvellously left field,
yet masterly at the same time.”
This intricately beautiful dress features over 4,500 porcelain coins
slip cast using four Australian shillings from 1959 to 1962. The era
of the coins is echoed in the 1960s fashionable shift dress.
Judge Kevin Murray remarked on the quality of the exhibition, and
the role that art awards have in the development of artistic
practice; “it is testament to the importance of exhibitions like
the Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award that it enables works
like (11 shades of blue)
to come to light.”
In addition to Leisa Russell’s piece, the following works will be
acquired for the Gold Coast City Gallery Collection:
to R: Eunkyoung
Moon-Back, Land crossing
2012 / David Ray, Team
2010 / Sándor Somogyi, Connection 2011 / Honor
Freeman, Scrapings and gratings
Exhibition continues until 14 October.