Congratulations to Whitecliffe MFA graduate and lecturer Rose Meyer, who won top prize out of 36 finalists at the 2017 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Awards, held on 17 February in Hamilton. Rose was awarded a $20,000 prize sponsored by the Philip Vela Family Trust for her artwork entitled Journey; from pen to print to paint. The event and exhibition was part of the Hamilton Garden Arts Festival and was judged by artist/lecturer Roger Boyce.
Other Whitecliffe finalists include BFA graduate Janet Mazenier and lecturers Kelly Pretty and Matt Dowman.
Rose commented on her win, I'm pretty blown away by it all to be honest, winning such a large sum will lead to massive opportunities. I need to think very carefully about how I could invest it in furthering my practice and push my work into new territories. I am extremely grateful to the awards organisers, the Vela Family, the Waikato Society of Arts and Judge Roger Boyce. My artwork ‘Journey; from pen to print to paint’ started its life as a drawing made by placing a wheeled pen into a box containing paper, the box was then sent to a destination through the mail. The resulting marks record the incidental movements of its travel, a literal translation of the space and time of its journey, documentation of its own creation. The lines made by this process then undertook a second journey through process and media; a translation through the digital, from photograph to vector, from vector to vinyl cut, finally resting as painting.
We congratulate Rose on her success!
Photo Credit: Waikato Society of Arts