Chippendale new world art prize finalist

Chippendale  new world art prize entry -Dick St Chippendale. AP digital print on artists paper 44x57cm, 2013

Chippendale new world art prize entry -Dick St Chippendale. AP digital print on artists paper 44x57cm, 2013


Chippendale new world art prize 2013 – Entry Criteria

With its humble beginnings, like the suburb itself, the Chippendale Creative Precinct (CCP) has thrived, matured and is now bursting with possibilities; through an extremely generous, private donation of $100,000 over 10 years, the winner of the Chippendale New World Art Prize were announced on Tuesday 30 April 2013. Dr. Stanley Quek, Chairman of Frasers Property Australia, has entrusted the CCP to foster the next generation of emerging artists through this exciting initiative.

Each year the prize will take on a new theme in accordance with the process of constructing a new world. The theme for 2013 is Revitalisation, which seeks to reflect the metropolis reignited into a bustling, populous, creative and invigorated scene. Innovation and artistic vision leads our process of Revitalisation, generating a fertile base on which we cultivate our New World.


 The Chippendale New World Art Prize, 2013 is about revitalization, renewal and the new world of technologies. Art’s capacity for urban renewal embracing new technologies.  Revitalization, generating a fertile base on which we cultivate our New World’   and  ‘our vision builds strength upon strength in an attempt to redefine and begin constructing a new world’.     Truly ‘What can transpire/s is the ultimate metamorphosis’.

My art is about people, place and narrative. My body of work draws on everyday existence, transience and memories. I am interested in the depth of human emotion and in celebrating people, place and events. The fascination of a fleeting moment which, when revisited, allows for rediscovery and a new understanding.

Prior to becoming a full-time artist I held a number of different positions in the world of social work, human genetics and research. My art practice today is informed by my work and personal life experiences. I have used these experiences and my artistic skills in a unique way to create what I call  “Tribute Art”. Tribute Art can incorporate existing materials and be a collaborative work or an individual commission, which celebrates the life of a loved person, place or an event with personal meaning. The desire to mark milestones, memories and transitions both physically and symbolically is part of being human.

I use a digital approach to art making which in itself is a new technology. Past experiences, places and relationships are translated into new forms both landscape and figurative. The digital works incorporate textiles, hand made tapestries and other objects transformed into landscapes and overlaid with figures selected from old photographs. This reflects my passion for all things hand-made. Over the years my family has benefited from my constant obsession with various craft projects, which included sewing, embroidery, smocking, ceramics, folk art and upholstery to mention just a few. Digital art allows me to tell a story combining many of the materials and end products used in creating handmade items in an innovative, engaging and personal way.


Artwork preamble

The artwork entered in this art prize takes figures from a previous time and place (the figures were photographed in black and white film in the early 1950s and are from my family photo album showing my mother and grandfather at the Trentham racecourse in New Zealand). The new context is Dick St, Chippendale photographed from Belfour St in March this year. This street was chosen for its preponderance of old terraces, adding an old world charm. Objects associated with the present have been incorporated including a parking meter, bike, car and plastic rubbish bins. Colour, textures, fabric and local graffiti are added to the buildings and figures. The insertion of figures from the past into contemporary Chippendale is an acknowledgement and respect of the past, of memory and history. It is futile to imagine this without an appropriate homage to where we’ve come from. The figures are ire-invigorated by placing them in the present context.  Their forward movement suggests moving beyond the present towards the future.  Their stance and expression is one of confidence so while it may be perceived as unsettling to remove them from their own place and time, they are certainly not fazed, nor should we be.  There is a sense of confident optimism.

I also chose to represent the unseen consequences of new technology  – radio frequencies RF…the unseen mobile, wi-fi and radio waves.  The final coloured lines intersecting across the image represent RF (sourced from which provides live updates of RF in requested areas. These lines or traces suggest a multitude of connections, beyond the scope of the image, through time and space, even beyond Chippendale.  Even while ‘Space and time elude one another’ and while it may appear incomprehensible at the moment, I am raising the possibility of tangible, measurable connections, a grounding that underlies revitalization.

The artwork is displayed in a traditional frame and mount to create a first impression reminiscent of artwork from an earlier time period, in this case 1940s and 50s. Closer inspection reveals unexpected elements.