17 December 2007
Janet Fieldhouse has won the inaugural Indigenous Ceramic Art Award, announced on Friday 14 December 2007 at the Shepparton Art Gallery.
Her winning work, Woven Armbands was described by judges as a delicate and beautiful translation of a "traditional woven form into another medium which was inspirational, accomplished and inventive. The work operated as an installation of unexpected delicacy and precision"
Second prize was awarded to Irene Mbitjana Entata for Mission Days – Rubbing Salt. The judges appreciated the compact, rounded form of the hand built terracotta pot and its integrated tightly-worked surface images of Aranda women rubbing salt.
Third prize was awarded to Carol Anilyuru Williams for Wanampi. The judges were taken by the vessel's commanding presence and scale. The terracotta and ivory palette were well combined to produce a work of cultural and aesthetic power.
The winner of the SPCA Factory Sales Victorian Prize is Vera Cooper (Yorta Yorta) for her work "My mother's place by the river."
The ICAA exhibition opened on Friday 14 December and is open until Sunday 24 February 2008.
– Released 18 December