Big Prize For Virtual Life

Erica Seccombe wins inaugural Paramor Prize

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by anonymous on Monday 02 February 2015.

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It was a close race, but the winner of the inaugural Paramor Prize: Art + Innovation has been chosen, with Canberra local Erica Seccombe taking home the $20,000 prize for her work Virtual Life.

From videos of lost cows wandering the country side, sculptures assembled from discarded toys, to Western patterns printed in traditional Samoan methods, there has been a fantastic and diverse range of artworks.

Seccombe’s work was made of solvent print on aluminium composite board, and reflects modern techno-scientific culture. The work explores our relationship to nature and our technologically mediated experience of the natural world. The reflective surface not only creates a 3-dimensional effect, but shows the reflection of the observer.

Also announced was the winner of Mayoral Award, decided by Liverpool City Council Mayor Ned Mannoun. Susanna Strati (Camperdown, NSW) walked away with the award and $5000 for her work Wreath #2. Made from Communion breads, copper, paper, graphite, ink, silk, her piece explores expressions of personal identity through a vocabulary of grief and mourning.

Highly commended for the Paramor Prize was Gabriella Szablewska and Brent Wilson (Annerley, QLD) for their work Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. Highly commended for the Mayoral Award was Undrawing the Line (Fairfield, NSW) – a four person art ensemble – for their work In the Shade of Waq Waq Tree.

The judging panel was made up of Luke Paramor (son of Wendy Paramor); contemporary Indigenous Australian artist Tony Albert; artist and Order of Australia Medal recipient Vivienne Binns; Director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology Vicki Sowry; and Mayor Ned Mannoun of Liverpool City Council.

“Liverpool is one of Sydney’s key regional cities and is poised for major growth, with the development of Sydney’s second international airport on our doorstep and the redevelopment of our city centre. In keeping with these advances it is important that we strive to foster innovation in our region and the Paramor Prize is one way we are doing this,” said Mayor Ned Mannoun. “The calibre of entries for this, the inaugural year of the Prize, was impressive, attracting artists from all over the country as well as illustrating the depth of artistic talent we have right here in the great South West. It wasn’t an easy decision for the judges, however I would like to warmly congratulate the deserving winner of the Paramor Prize Erica Seccombe for her work, Virtual Life, as well as the winner of the Mayoral Award, Susanna Strati for her work, Wreath #2.”

The Prize was named in honour of the late Wendy Paramor, a Liverpool resident. Her work and artistic creativity have been an inspiring example of the artistic talent in South-Western Sydney, and the Paramor Prize encourages artists to aspire to bring more inspiring work to Sydney’s South West.

Casula Powerhouse Director Kiersten Fishburn stated that she was excited about the high calibre of the art that had been nominated for the award; “The inaugural Paramor Prize has been an amazing success. We’ve had works from highly talented artists from all over the country, and makes for a wonderful exhibition. Showcasing these amazing artworks at the Casula Powerhouse is a real privilege for us, and will give the people of Liverpool an unparalleled opportunity to see fantastic artworks in their own backyard.”