My Sculpture ‘Sacred Gasp’
is a finalist for The Lake Art Prize 2022.
The winner and highly commended works
will be announced on the evening
of September 23
The Lake Art Prize 2022 finalist exhibition
will take place from
September 24 – December 11.
MAC: Museum of Art and Culture
Yapang, First Street
Booragul, 2284, NSW
Tuesday to Sunday
9.00am – 3.00pm
The Lake Art Prize 2022
is an exhibition of finalist artworks
selected from submissions for the
Lake Art Prize 2022.
Nearly 400 entries were received
from artists from across Australia,
with 65 entrants shortlisted as finalists.
The theme for the prize is
‘The Vessel: contained within and
moving between’. In working with the theme,
artists were invited to explore literal or
lateral translations of the vessel,
exploring the notions of, but not limited
to the power to hold, containment,
passage, memory as well as the
vessel in relation to life, water and place.
Hand built stoneware / layered ceramic glaze materials
steel wire / multiple firing
Sitting atop this work are delicate scrolls of
Hebrew script marking the prayer
“Shema-Yisrael” traditionally recited at morning,
evening and at the passing of a life.
Rolled in parchment this prayer is also attached
to a home doorpost to offer protection.
In this work, the scrolls are carried and
supported by robust clay vessels.
Partly suspended yet balanced juxtaposing
fragility and strength.
Clay vessels are emblems of basic human
needs as containers for carrying water or food.
In this context,reiterated and bonded,
they also symbolise the basic human need
to connect and reflects nature’s malleable way
of reproduction. The singular is supported by the whole
and the whole is united by the singular.
Suggestive of human figures or living entities,
the vessels stand as one, embodying the power
of prayer to unite individuals.
This work conveys a fusion of many disparate elements,
clay to steel, nature to man-made,
past to present, frozen moment to eternity,
communicating on a personal and global level.
Informed by my cultural background,
it is an object of vulnerability.
A Sacred-Gasp for fortitude, and unification.
Emerging, rising upwards, Sacred-Gasp contains
a meditative energy, evoking the prayer capacity
to support life’s ever-changing dynamics,
comforting grief, and celebrating joy.