Island teen wins Pat Hanly Creativity Award
With the help of fellow Waiheke residents, Lucy Grunfeld has taken home an Aucklandwide award for creativity in visual arts.
The Pat Hanly Creativity Awards are open to Auckland based year 13 students and recognise those who display high levels of creativity in the visual arts.
Grunfeld’s artwork, as part of her course at ACG Senior College, was inspired by disability.
Kiwi artist Alan Pearson and Spanish painter Lita Cabellut inspired her artwork, she said.
‘‘Their artwork incorporates disability not in a way that makes disabled people look weak but in a way that makes them look strong,’’ Grunfeld said.
When she began her research, one of her family friends who works at Waiheke’s Seaside Sanctuary Rest Home helped organise for her to visit the residents.
‘‘There were a few really amazing people who were eager to model for me and let me take photos of them,’’ Grunfeld said.
‘‘It just escalated from there.’’
She also used Auckland Art Gallery as a backdrop for her images of figures with disabilities and incorporated symbols such as braille into her work.
In doing so, it almost implied that residents at the Waiheke Seaside Sanctuary Rest Home were the art themselves, Grunfeld said.
Her artworks have taken nearly one year to create and she still has one final piece to complete. She has been experimenting with different mediums.
The support from the Waiheke community was amazing, she said.
‘‘The art shop on Waiheke has been so helpful. I tell them what I want to do and they help find the equipment I need.’’
Grunfeld plans to study fine arts and physics next year at university.
‘‘For as long as I can remember I loved doing art and my parents do art in their own time and I have just grown up with it,’’ she said.
ACG Senior College art faculty coordinator Andrew Strachan nominated Grunfeld for the award, which was presented by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Ta¯maki earlier this month.
Her work displayed tremendous confidence in the way it manipulated imagery and unusual materials to communicate her theme, Strachan said.
The awards are about making art accessible and encouraging youngsters to have a voice.