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Quantum physics and korari sticks in the mix for art prize

Artworks made of charcoal, silver foil, korari sticks and correction fluid have made the short-list for the 2020 Parkin Drawing Prize.

An advisory panel – made up of Contemporary Māori artist, writer and curator Professor Robert Jahnke ONZM (AZ #67, AZ #68), Dr Sarah Farrar, Head of Curatorial and Exhibitions at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, and arts writer Dr Andrew Paul Wood – spent hours assessing the 482 entries in the Parkin Drawing Prize before coming up with a short-list of 76 works.

Finalists include Kāryn Taylor (AZ #82) who used pvc and animated projection for 3 Planes 4 Dimensions, a work that ‘carries back to my interest in quantum physics’, and Madeleine Child (AZ #78) whose work Korari Stick Drawing is made of korari sticks, wire, paint and glass beads.

A number of other mediums appear in the artworks short-listed for the drawing prize. Simon Attwooll (AZ #70) collected charcoal from a burnt out house for Home. Artist, designer and Pātaka’s Design and Marketing Coordinator, Stuart Forsyth, used correction fluid on black sugar paper for I’m not so sure I want to go back to the way it was before, a series of reflections and observations from his lockdown experience.

Rosie Ralph’s finalist work Sierra is 19th in a series of 26 pieces that use the phonetic alphabet as a starting point. In another reference to letter forms Miranda Parkes (AZ #78, AZ #72, AZ #66) used gold and silver foil and acrylic on rag paper to create Figureskater.

All the finalist artworks will be on display in the Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts from 4–30 August. The winner of the $25,000 major prize will be announced on 3 August.


Kāryn Taylor, 3 Planes 4 Dimensions

Madeleine Child, Korari Stick Drawing

Rosie Ralph, Sierra

Miranda Parkes, Figureskater


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