26 July 2018
The votes are in and the public have chosen their favourite Waterhouse artwork.
The People’s Choice winner is The Question Has Been Answered by SA artist Jason Cordero and joins a growing alumni of five prize winners named in Dr Wendy Wickes’s honor as part of the Waterhouse prize.
Dr Wendy Wickes’s life companion Michael Strautmanis said the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize encourages artists to investigate the world around them and to make a statement about the scientific and environmental issues facing our planet.
Cordero’s paintings transcend the physicality of the landscape and generally explore the human psyche, laden with expectation, enlightenment, tyranny and despair.
“There’s something special about winning people’s choice awards; it’s especially satisfying knowing that a work has engaged so many people,” said Cordero.
In his artist’s statement he says: “Natural Science is at its core the questioning of our world, of trying to understand the immense web of interactions which surround us. One line of inquiry branches to another with some answers being ephemeral, yet some are persistent and form a landscape of understanding. Such revelation leads to new ways of seeing, a new perspective on the once familiar. This renewed perspective generates new questions and so the cycle continues”.
Overall Waterhouse winner Erica Seccombe, has also taken out the Scientists’ Choice Award.
Metamorphosis by Erica Seccombe
Erica Seccombe says being recognised by the public is both significant and exciting.
“This work has resulted from my unique interdisciplinary collaborative research, which often stands outside of mainstream contemporary art practices, so to be recognised by my peers in this way is extremely rewarding and encouraging,” Ms Seccombe said.
In her artist’s statement accompanying the work she says:
“Metamorphosis provides a unique time-lapse and translucent perspective of a pupating fly. It results from Erica’s creative research into scientific visualisation of volumetric, or ‘virtual’ data acquired from 3D microcomputed X-ray tomography.”
Close to 3,000 people voted for the People’s Choice Dr Wendy Wickes Memoriam Prize, with The Question Has Been Answered claiming over 200. The Scientists’ Choice Award, received 402 votes, of which 33 went to Metamorphosis.
An exhibition of the winning and highly commended artworks will tour to the National Archives of Australia in Canberra, exhibited this year at their temporary home in Old Parliament House opening from Friday 23 August until Sunday 14 October.