Karleena Mitchel never ceases to surprise me with with what work she brings to me for photography. This entry into the Woolhara Small Sculpture Prize is no exception.
Karleena’s artist statement reads ‘Art Attack’ refrs to the axing of the Queensland Premiers Literary Awards by the current Premier the philistine Campbell Newman. Form me as an immigrant, the annual Premiers’ list have functioned as a guide to the best reading. The barbarism of Newman’s act is reflected in the rawness of the work with its bloodied pick – a tool used for coal mining. The sculptures violence also reflects the disturbing extent to which art and artists are undervalued in Australia.
This years finalists can be found here http://sculptureprize.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/2012_prize/2012_finalists
You can vote on Karleena’s work (or any other int he peoples choice awards) by going to the following link. http://sculptureprize.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/2012_prize/viewers_choice_award