Lisa Roet wins Geelong Print Prize - Art Collector

Lisa Roet, The Beast of Cuvier I, II & III (detail), 2011, hard-ground etching, edition of 15. Courtesy: the artist, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne and Geelong Gallery, Victoria

4 September 2013 | Melbourne-based artist Lisa Roet has won the Geelong Print Prize 2013 for her hard-ground etching triptych The Beast of Curvier I, II & III, detail pictured above.

It is inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's short story
The Murders in the Rue Morgue. She explains that the story involves a brutal double murder where the evidence at the scene suggests a perpetrator greater than merely human, and that her winning work tries to portray this other. She was presented with the $3,000 main prize and her piece joins the collection of Geelong Gallery.

Travis Paterson, Is this where your heart is?, 2012, multiplate aquatint etching, edition of 5. Courtesy: the artist and Geelong Gallery, Victoria

This year's prize also saw the announcement of the inaugural Ursula Hoff Institute award, which was awarded to regional New South Wales-based artist Travis Paterson. His winning work, Is this where your heart is?, pictured above, is inspired by a trial of two young boys in 1727 found guilty of homosexual relations and consequently exiled to separate islands and left to die. He is awarded $1,500 and his work also joins the gallery's collection.

The judging panel for this year's awards comprised Geoffrey Edwards, director of Geelong Gallery; Lisa Sullivan, curator at Geelong Gallery; and guest judge Susi Muddiman, director of Tweed River Art Gallery.

The Geelong acquisitive print awards exhibition, featuring the winning works alongside shortlisted works from Rosalind Atkins, David Bosun and Hannah Quinvilan, amongst others, will be on display at the gallery until 24 November 2013.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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