Whitecliffe BFA & MFA graduate Gabrielle Amodeo won the 2015 Parkin Drawing Prize for her impressive work "The Floor We Walk On (a drawing of the entire floor of our house)". Established by arts patron and entrepreneur Chris Parkin, The Parkin Drawing Prize is a national award and an annual exhibition held at the New Zealand Academy of the Fine Arts.
The $20,000 top prize was awarded to Amodeo by artist Dick Frizzell, who judged the awards this year. Frizzell said of Amodeo’s work: “This combination of Conceptual Art and exhausting effort usually irritates the hell out of me and I tried very hard to avoid the obvious. It’s an Art Prize irony that sometimes a work can be the obvious winner AND the obvious loser…through the vicissitudes of the judging process…but I kept coming back to Gabrielle’s work, finding more to like every time (note the subtle titling and organising system on every sheet!) and eventually I gave in to the inevitable. It is a significant work….”
Amodeo describes her prize entry “this work comprises approximately 1200 rubbings of the entire 94 sq.m floor-space of the house the artist and her partner own and have, until recently, lived in, creating a floor-print.
Addressing the space that holds a relationship—the home—this collection of rubbings is a poignant accumulation of fragments of existence from this lived-in space. The rubbings from each room were put back together, like a 1:1 map, and then folded into their own set of covers.”
Whitecliffe BFA graduate Hugo Lindsay also won a Parkin Drawing Prize Merit Award. Other finalists for the award included Whitecliffe faculty and graduates Natalie Saegusa, Zoe Nash, Judi Bagust and Kelly Pretty. Whitecliffe congratulates both Gabrielle and Hugo on their achievements.
Here is a great video of Gabrielle talking about her work via The Dominion Post.