Art breaking down walls
SELECTED WORKS from the 2017 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award will be on show at Fieldays, including the overall winning piece by artist Jill Godwin.
Her entry, The No.8 Wire Lettering System: Fences vs Walls, was the best from the competition that challenges artists to forge No.8 wire and other agricultural products into sculptural artworks. It was one of 28 finalists in the running for the major prize of $7000, with the judge, art academic and sculpture expert Dr Robin Woodward, praising Godwin’s “down-to-earth Kiwi-ness”.
“It tells the world where New Zealanders stand and what we are all about as a society,” says Dr Woodward. “We need No.8 wire for all sorts of things, not least of all in a fence. But in New Zealand we don’t need a wall.”
Gaye Jurisich from Hamilton was the runner-up for her sculpture For Suzette, while Warkworth-based John Mulholland placed third for his work It’s a bloody lifesaver.