Janet Fieldhouse wins ceramics prize - Art Collector

Janet Fieldhouse, Tattoo, 2011. Courtesy: the artist

23 January 2012 | Janet Fieldhouse is the winner of the $20,000 main prize in the 2011 Indigenous Ceramic Art Award.

Fieldhouse, a Canberra-based Torres Strait artist, was selected for
Tattoo, an installation that uses a lightbox and transparent porcelain to look at ritual scarification practices in the Torres Strait Islands.

Tina Baum, curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the National Gallery of Australia, was the judge for the prize.

The $10,000 second prize was split between two artists, Cynthia Vogler and Vera Cooper.

Emily Ngarnal Evans, a Mornington Island artist known primarily for her painting, also received a commendation for her
Spotted Stingray.

The award is run by the Shepparton Art Museum in Victoria which holds a significant collection of ceramic work. The finalists exhibition will run from 18 February to 22 April 2012 alongside an exhibition of ceramic work by the late Gloria Fletcher, a patron of the prize.

Jane O'Sullivan

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