Win­ning art ex­plores fem­i­nin­ity

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - JAMES KITTO

A STUN­NING self-por­trait ex­plor­ing images of ideal fem­i­nin­ity as seen in the me­dia, has taken out this year’s Henry Jones Art Prize.

The $20,000 prize was taken out by 24-year-old emerg­ing Ho­bart pho­tog­ra­pher Micheila Peters­field at a Henry Jones awards cer­e­mony on Wed­nes­day.

The art prize is open only to emerg­ing and early ca­reer artists who re­side in Tas­ma­nia.

Ms Peters­field, a Uni­ver­sity of Tas­ma­nia PhD can­di­date, said her win­ning art­work aimed to get peo­ple think­ing be­yond face value.

“I fo­cused on ex­plor­ing images of fem­i­nin­ity through fash­ion pho­tog­ra­phy and com­mer­cial im­agery and tried to repli­cate the aes­thet­ics of that,” she said.

The for­mer Huonville High School and Ho­bart Col­lege stu­dent, who took up pho­tog­ra­phy as a teen, said she one day hoped to teach art at uni­ver­sity.

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