37th Alice Prize 2012

Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT Australia. Opening: Friday 11 May 2012.  Exhibition: Saturday 12 May – Sunday 10 June 2012

‘The 2012 Alice Prize biennial exhibition will be, as always, engaging and provocative. It features a broad range of media from assemblages in 2D, paintings, sculptures and drawings to multimedia, performance art, photography and digital prints. Indigenous and non-indigenous artists from across Australia are represented in the 65 finalists selected from over 380 entries.

Nick Mitzevich, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, will judge the winner of the $25,000 Prize (acquisitive). He joins a long list of distinguished judges from the top echelons of the Australian art establishment who have contributed to building a notable collection, and a significant record of Australian contemporary art, for the people of Central Australia.’

Presented by the Alice Springs Art Foundation

© Carmel Wallace

Desert Colony, my work for this exhibition, hangs as if waiting for unknown hatchlings to emerge. The cocoon form symbolises the sense of change now brewing in nature and the possibility of new life being nurtured by our creations. This form seemed appropriate for responding to unfamiliar desert landscapes – for capturing stories, places and memories that survive and develop long after a journey has ended. I began with newspaper and some earth-stained rope, adding objects found on the ground at roadside stops. Discarded fencing-wire I formed into a breathing cocoon of desert air; black fishing-net echoes burnt terrain; blue rope the surprise of water; green the life it nurtures; and cable-ties the sharpness of spinifex . . . (Carmel Wallace 2012)

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