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Print Awards Make an Impression

Fremantle Art Centre is hosting the changing face of print art in its exhibition of the Print Awards with works stretching the definition of printing itself.

Artists from around Australia submitted 272 works for the competition with 55 of those chosen for the exhibition. Works were judged by Peter Burgess, former two-time Print Award winner and co-head of the Printmaking Department at the National Art School in Sydney, Dr Anne Kirker, art consultant, writer and curator, and PICA curator Leigh Robb.

I was amazed not only by the evident technical skill but also by the creativity of the artists. Taking such an old form of art and form it into a modern style using technology and wit.

Holly O'Meehan's work Arrangements of a Verge Collection printed in the grass.
Holly O’Meehan’s work Arrangements of a Verge Collection printed in the grass.

Some artists have taken advantage of the modern age and use the new tools of it such as WA artist Kynan Tan. Using a 3D printer he modeled physical representation of spikes in a sleeping brain’s activity patterns in plastic in his work City Constructed from Sleeping Brain Activity Data.

Some told stories through their work such as runner up winner and WA artist Susannah Castleden in her work Round the World Print.

Susannah used frottage, which is using textured items to make an impression, to intimately convey her 3 week journey through the things she encountered such as signs, gratings and walls on 13 metres of continuous black paper.

Some like Holly O’Meehan stretched the very meaning of printing, where she ‘printed’ on grown grass through using found objects to make imprints.

First prize went to Gosia Wlodarczak for her work Process Capsule Situations Sofitel, which was a collage of 714 documentation photographs at the Sofitel hotel in Melbourne, giving the effect of an intricate classical print through modern digital technology.

Of all the interesting aspects of the FAC Print Award, the versatility found in this art style was the hallmark. This fascinating exhibition proves that art has no boundaries, even a traditional form such as printmaking can be reshaped through ingenuity into something entirely new.

Winner Gosia Wlodarczak with her piece Process Capsule Situations Sofitel.
Winner Gosia Wlodarczak with her piece Process Capsule Situations Sofitel.
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