Australia: Clyde & Co Perth Art Award 2017
Last Updated: 2 August 2017

Clyde & Co has awarded the 2017 Perth Art Award to artist Charmaine Ball for her work titled, 'Blocked'. The artwork is an unglazed asymmetrical stoneware sculpture made up of three parts that fit into each other.

Charmaine graduated at the end of 2016 with an Advanced Diploma in Visual Arts at the North Metropolitan Tafe after three years of full-time study.

Her interest in clay developed from a young age and prior to undertaking full-time study she took several short ceramic courses. However, it has been through her studies at North Metropolitan Tafe, that Charmaine has been able to increase her skills and develop her ideas.

"As I was making this work, I was thinking about the multiple viewpoints and fragmented shapes used by the Cubists," says Charmaine of her piece. "Additionally the ancient Mesopotamian architecture, with its strong geometric presence and terraced shaped ziggurats, were also considered. Not only is my sculpture architectural, it is also referential of a solitary figure."

The Perth Art Committee was particularly impressed by Charmaine's sculpture because the many facets of the sculpture catch the light in a striking manner, reminiscent of architectural forms. While impressive as a stand-alone piece, the sculpture was also linked to her geometric painting entitled 'Interplay Peach'. The painting was very popular with staff due to its three dimensional optical illusion. 

"I feel very honoured to be chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Clyde & Co Art Award. It's the acknowledgement that my art practice has been recognised by your panel of judges, that means so much to me as an emerging artist," Charmaine says.  "I encourage people to have an open mind and to engage with local galleries and local artists. If possible, consider starting a collection of emerging artists' work."

The Clyde & Co Art Award also includes a Staff Choice Award which went to Pin Wu for her work titled 'Flower Shadow, Flower Addiction'. Pin is from Taiwan and her artwork is a modern take on a traditional form of art in her homeland, papercutting.

"This is a new type of art that I was trying to experiment with since last year. Because art is very subjective depending on viewers' angle, I was very interested and excited when I found that people can interact with the paper cut outs," says Pin.

In addition to having a space to exhibit, artists in the Clyde & Co Art Award are given funds for their artworks being on display and pro bono legal advice; the winners of the Art Award and Staff Choice Award are also given monetary prizes. 

All artworks are available for purchase via a silent auction throughout the year. More details can be found here

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