Win­ning en­try by lo­cal artist

Albany Advertiser - - AGENDA - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

Lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher and artist Kirsten Sivyer has won a ma­jor art prize.

Sivyer en­tered the Bluethumb Art Prize in its in­au­gu­ral year along with 1140 artists, sub­mit­ting ex­clu­sive orig­i­nals.

The ex­hi­bi­tion show­cases 25 fi­nal­ists se­lected by an eclectic judg­ing panel of 12 in­dus­try ex­perts, in­clud­ing South Aus­tralian Liv­ing Artists Fes­ti­val gen­eral man­ager Penny Griggs; indige­nous mu­sic star, vis­ual artist and tra­di­tional owner of Lar­rakia land June Mills; and qual­i­fied art cu­ra­tor and Real Housewives of Melbourne star Gina Liano.

Sivyer won the prize, earn­ing her a fea­ture in a large mar­ket­ing cam­paign and a $10,000 cash prize.

Sivyer said her win­ning piece, Home away from Home, was a paint­ing in re­sponse to the theme of “Square”.

“This in­ter­pre­ta­tion con­sid­ers the re­la­tion­ship of mod­ern first-world life to the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment; a com­mon need to con­trol and pro­tect our­selves from na­ture which for some, per­haps be­lies a deeper de­sire to sur­ren­der and be­long,” she said. “The piece had been on ex­hi­bi­tion as part of PIAF ear­lier in the year, and while I felt that the paint­ing worked well, I imag­ined that au­di­ences might find it too spooky.

“I was sur­prised when it started get­ting a lot of great feed­back on my Face­book page and also from ex­hi­bi­tion au­di­ences, so I guess it’s al­ways worth test­ing the wa­ters.

“The great re­sponse to the paint­ing made me think that per­haps my vi­sion and what peo­ple were see­ing was in tune and that it was worth en­ter­ing.”

Sivyer said it was sur­real be­ing an­nounced as the win­ner, and that after two rounds of judg­ing, she was ex­cited to be listed as one of the 34 fi­nal­ists who would ex­hibit their work in

JUDGES’ COM­MENTS “It feels like home. It glows, it’s warm and safe, invit­ing, as a home should be. Kirsten has done an ex­cel­lent job at cap­tur­ing that en­tic­ing feel­ing in this work.” — Bluethumb in-house cu­ra­tor and art prize judge Janni Few­ster “Beau­ti­ful use of light. The mood and glow cre­ated in this paint­ing stand out for me. I just kept be­ing drawn back to it.” — Judge Penny Griggs

Melbourne. “But when the cu­ra­tor called a cou­ple of weeks be­fore the show to tell me I’d won the $10,000, I had a lot of trou­ble be­liev­ing it,” she said.

“I searched on­line for hours to make sure the whole thing was le­git and it wasn’t some elab­o­rate scam.

“By the time I got to Melbourne I knew it was re­ally hap­pen­ing.”

The artist said thanks to the prize money, she is plan­ning a re­turn to Melbourne and then Tas­ma­nia to paint later in the year.

To see what’s hap­pen­ing in her stu­dio and find out more about oil paint­ing classes, visit Kirsten-Sivyer-Den­mark-WA-Stu­dio-Gallery on Face­book.

Hal­lowed in Green.

Hou­dini.

The win­ning piece, Home Away From Home.

All I Ever Wanted.

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