Judges of this year’s TRASHformation competition have awarded the Cleanaway $1000 prize to Eden Marine High School year 8 student, Jarrod Devon for his shark sculpture made out of foam.
Half of the prize goes to Jarrod and half to the Art department at the school.
The RTG $500 prize went to Gus Ferguson’s ‘Angel Fish’ and Sam Radford was awarded the South East Arts youth prize of $250.
Judged by Megan Bottari, curator at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery and professional artist Jen Mallinson, Ms Bottari commented; “It was very obvious that a lot of work had gone into this year’s field, but of course from a visual arts point of view it’s not enough to merely make a facsimile of something – there needs to be both a concept and a genuine sensibility.
“It’s often a quality that’s hard to define, but this year there were two pieces that had it– the deep-sea angler fish and the foam shark. The angler fish was a really thoughtful rendition of that super-weird species; intelligently designed, no superfluous components – but of course it was the LED light that delivered the whimsical X-factor. Undeniably cute.
“And the Shark was simply incredible. The sort of work that would be snapped up by a collector and eventually gifted to the National Gallery. We loved it – it had serious cred.”
Organiser of TRASHformation, Megan Luhrs of South East Arts is delighted with the judges decisions and encourages everyone to see the exhibition at 175 Imlay Street this week and during the Whale festival weekend.
“We hope that TRASHformation continues to grow each year and ignite the imagination of creative people all across the region. TRASHformation will be on again next year!”
“TRASHformation is on until Sunday, November 2 where you can vote for The RTG $250 People’s Choice award which will be announced next week.”