Congratulations to Veronika Djoulai and Helen Clegg on winning the NZ Art Show Emerging Artist Award. The Selection panel judged Helen, and Veronika along with two other students the best from a pool of forty tertiary art students. All four winners received a prize of $2,500 each. The convenor of the Selection Panel, Wellington artist Lynne Sandri said, “The work submitted was fresh, different and experimental.”
Twelve of New Zealand’s leading tertiary art schools, including Massey University, Elam School of Fine Arts and Otago Polytechnic, nominated two of their best students. Whitecliffe Fine Arts Senior Lecturer Matt Ellwood, nominated Djoulai, commenting that “[Veronika] consistently pushes the boundaries of the materials she is working with. In this case painting directly onto photographic paper…creating a very original and stunning result. Her content is also very engaging, often utilising the distant past from her Russian heritage.”
Whitecliffe Head of Photography Becky Nunes selected Helen’s images for the competition “for their seductive formal qualities and the layered dialogue between contemporary and traditional art making that they possess.” Helen has been making work with medium format film and cameras over an extended period, investigating the aesthetic and conceptual potential of this media. Working in this way allows for a slower and more thoughtful process, and challenges some of the default positions of the digital workflow. Conceptually Helen is interested in aspects of performance, self-portrait and the landscape.
Veronika Djoulai, Girl