Stephen Bird wins Deakin Sculpture Prize - Art Collector

7 November 2011 | Stephen Bird has won the 2011 Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award for his ceramic work Boxers.

Bird describes his practice as “industrial sabotage”. In his words he uses “humour, propaganda, trompe l'oeil and meaningless violence to re-tell archetypal myths and make observations about complex collective issues, including politics, cultural imperialism and the global power struggle”.

Boxers was chosen from 37 finalists by a judging panel consisting of John Cunningham, director of the Warrnambool Art Gallery, Kelly Gellatly, curator of contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, and Leanne Willis, manager of Deakin University’s art collection and galleries.

Bird wins a $10,000 cash prize and his winning work has been acquired by the university.

The award exhibition continues at Deakin University until 10 December 2011.

Joanna Lowry

Above: Stephen Bird, Boxers. Clay, pigment, glaze. Photo: Simon Peter Fox. Courtesy: the artist

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