Joan Ross wins inaugural Glenfiddich Artist in Residence Competition - Art Collector

Joan Ross, I have your cake and now Im eating it too (detail), 2014. Hand painted digital print. Courtesy: the artist and Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney  By Jessa Melicor

Artist Joan Ross has been announced the winner of the inaugural Australian Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Competition, selected from a short list of seven finalists.

The panel of judges included prominent Australian actor Rachel Griffiths, former Sydney lord mayor Lucy Turnbull, Sue Cato, Mark Hughes, Nick Tobias, Gene Sherman and Evan Williams.

Born in Glasgow and growing up in Australia, Ross is influenced by the landscape and its connections. Her current work is based on British colonisation and first contact in Australia and the ongoing effect of this on Indigenous Australians. Ross hopes to keep this conversation open with her video animations based on early colonial paintings.

“I am very excited; the Glenfiddich Artists in Residence program is such a great opportunity. I’m really looking forward to getting back to and reconnecting with my roots and discovering more about my heritage along with the chance to explore the Highlands. I have only been back once and was overwhelmed by the beauty of the landscape,” says Ross.

The residency will take place in 2016 where Joan will have the opportunity to live and work for three months at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland alongside artists from Scotland, India, China Taiwan, Canada and Korea. Ross is represented by Michael Reid in Sydney and Bett Gallery in Hobart.

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