"I’ve been thinking about the first house I lived in near the cliffs in Sydney’s east. We lived there until I was 6, mum said it
was too hot so we moved a few streets away. Built in the 70’s, with many windows and skylights, my crayons would melt,
the markers would dry out and the play-doh would crumble from the harsh direct sunlight drenching each room.
I’ve been thinking about how sometimes people still remark “my kid could have made that’ when critiquing contemporary
art. Well sure, art is there to conjure emotions, to make you think and question and feel. A 6 year old would have a
fresher memory of that traumatic moment when they were snatched from the warm gooey womb. They have all these
questions about life and are still unaware there are no answers to some. They are great artists.
I’ve been thinking about my childhood recently, I think I miss that mass of waxy melted colour. Years of architecture
school’s neutral tones, black and white aesthetic and clean lines made me forget that glob of blue and green and red on
the breakfast table. Here is my comeback, my city of colour."
The 2019 Woollahra Sculpture Prize finalist artists are: Ali McCann (VIC) Alison McDonald (QLD) Ara Dolatian (VIC) Benjamin Jay Shand (NSW) Brenda Page (VIC) Carol Cooke (ACT) Carol Lehrer Crawford (NSW) Donna Marcus (QLD) Erica Izard (NSW) Jane McKenzie (NSW) Jane Price (SA) Jeffrey Wood (NSW) Jessica Leitmanis (VIC) Johannes van Nunen (NLD/NSW) Julie Monro-Allison (ACT) Julie Pennington (ACT) Kate Ellis (VIC) Kenny Pittock (VIC) Kieta Jackson (UK) Lisa Giles (NSW) Louis Pratt (NSW) Louiseann King (VIC) Luke Storrier (NSW) Mandy Quadrio (TAS/QLD) Mehwish Iqbal (NSW) Merran Esson (ACT) Natalie Rosin (NSW) Nathan Keogh (NSW) Neil Laredo (NSW) Nicole de Mestre (NSW) NOT (NSW) Oliver Ashworth-Martin (UK/VIC) Patricia Smart (NSW) Paula Dunlop (QLD) Peter Zappa (WA) Stuart Rex McLachlan (NSW) Tai Snaith (VIC) Tina Fox (NSW) Toni Morrison (NSW) Tracey Deep (NSW) Ulan Murray (NSW) Veronica Andrus-Blaskievics (NSW) Wanda Gillespie (NZ).
Exhibition Opening Times
12 October - 3 November 2019
Weekdays: 9am - 5pm
Weekends: 10am - 4pm
536 New South Head Road, Double Bay, NSW
For more information, please visit the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize website here