Turning of the tides

Turning of the tides

by Emilie Patteson

Highly Commended, 2016 Waterhouse Art Prize

A survey into the Cretaceous (art, science, knowledge and wisdom) [detail]

A survey into the Cretaceous (art, science, knowledge and wisdom) [detail]

by Andrew Sullivan

Highly Commended, 2016 Waterhouse Art Prize

Bleached [detail]

Bleached [detail]

by Mikiah Nguyen

Highly Commended, 2016 Waterhouse Art Prize

Endangered (in the wild) [detail]

Endangered (in the wild) [detail]

by John Graham

Finalist, 2016 Waterhouse Art Prize

Endemic Spoons 1-5 [detail]

Endemic Spoons 1-5 [detail]

by Emily Snadden

Finalist, 2016 Waterhouse Art Prize

Garden of Gold [detail]

Garden of Gold [detail]

by Anita West

Highly Commended, 2016 Waterhouse Art Prize

Winners of the 2016 Waterhouse Art Prize announced

Open category

Julia deVille has been announced winner of the 2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize with her piece, Neapolitan Bonbonaparte. The Open category award is supported by Fisher Jeffries, Barristers & Solicitors.

The work is a comment on industrialised animal agriculture, one of the biggest causes of environmental devastation. Julia says that "most people purchase free-range eggs, however there are products containing factory-farmed eggs including ice-cream (the inspiration for this work), that are not required to be labeled."

 

Emerging Artist

Canberra artist Dan Power has been named winner of the Emerging artist category in the 2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, with his piece G[RAZED]. The Emerging artist award is supported by Hill Smith Gallery.

Australia’s native flora and fauna are the result of hundreds of millions of years of evolution in isolation, and are found nowhere else in the world. Dan says "overgrazing and agricultural land clearing erode habitat complexity and with it, species diversity. What’s left behind is a scarred, desertified and eroded husk of once thriving woodlands and sclerophyll forests. G[RAZED] features the night parrot (Pezoporus occidentalis), swift parrot (Lathamus discolor), yellow-tufted honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops), Leadbeater’s possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) and a number of native orchids. Endangered native species clinging to existence at the hands of outdated land use and agricultural practices."

The public votes

Visitors to the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize exhibition at the South Australian Museum have had the opportunity to vote on their favourite artwork in the People's Choice Dr Wendy Wickes Memoriam Prize and visitors who are members of a professional scientific society have been able to vote on the Scientists' Choice Award.

On Thursday 21 July it was announced the Ulan Murray has been named winner of both of these prizes for his sculptural work Abor Sole. Ulan says that his work “reflects the environmental system that relies on a delicate balance between carbon dioxide and oxygen. It evokes a sense of power coupled with fragility. By illustrating the foliage with the roots I hope to illuminate the architectural structure of the tree in its entirety. The foliage describes the condition of the atmospheric environment whereas the roots reveal the narrative of the subterranean environment. My work becomes a meditation on the environment: from the monumentality of landscape to the minutiae.”

About the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize commemorates the birth of the South Australian Museum’s first curator, Frederick George Waterhouse. The biennial prize is an opportunity for artists to investigate the world around them, and present their perspectives on natural science. It encourages artists to make a statement about the scientific issues facing our planet, and offers a valuable platform for them to contribute to the environmental debate. Over the years the competition has become a much loved fixture on the arts calendar, allowing artists and audiences to explore natural science through a range of creative outlets.

Exhibition

The 2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize exhibition is on at the South Australian Museum from 10 June - 31 July 2016.

Admission
$12 for adults
$9 for concession
Accompanied children under 16 free
Unlimited free VIP entry for Museum Members

More information

For further information please contact waterhouseartprize@samuseum.sa.gov.au.

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