Congratulations to Anna Glynn, who won the $10,000 award with “CANE”, announced Saturday 7 May 2016.
I was the award judge, and like the ambition of Glynn’s work, the way in which it speaks to the theme of modern Australian landscape and an environmental Armageddon, its journey from the microcosm of a single fire to a potential cataclysmic event. The transformation inherent in fire is captured as the moving image work develops, and notes early the dwarfing of humanity at the hands of a natural force. The trajectory of the fire is evocatively captured, the cataclysmic fireworks, the accompanying soundscape, and then the denouement, bringing to mind the cycle of day and night, the trajectory of other natural weather events, the human journey itself. It was also great to meet Anna Glynn who travelled from her home in NSW to accept her award.
Congratulations also to Rosie Lloyd-Giblett who won $1000 for “Sediment”, in the inaugural Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize (judged by Ian Smith).