Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize awarded to New Zealand artist Natalie Guy - Art Collector

Natalie Guy, Form for modern living #2, 2014. Courtesy: the artist and Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize has been awarded to an international artist for the first time in the prize’s 14 year history.

Considered Australia’s pre-eminent national prize for small sculpture, the 2014 recipient is Auckland-based artist Natalie Guy for her work
Form for modern living #2.

Work on the pseudo-modernist cast bronze sculpture began in 2012. The five kilogram bronze cast of a reworked school chair reflects Guy’s desire to twist and subvert conventions of interior space, using every day furniture and fittings.

Driving Guy’s work is an exploration of the nature of what is collected and exhibited in both the public and private spheres. She also draws from British sculptor Barbara Hepworth’s series, Forms.

Guy’s sculpture was one of a record 600 works submitted to the prize this year. Carriageworks director, Lisa Havilah, commented on the choice of winner: “This year there is a high level of submissions in terms of concept but also in terms of technical application. Having New Zealand artist Natalie Guy win for the construction of such a thoughtful form reflects the growing standard of the Prize in Australia and in international communities.”

Guy will be awarded the acquisitive prize money of $15,000 and join the ranks of previous winners of the prestigious prize, including Thor Beowulf (2012) and Julia deVille (2013). The sculpture will be acquired into Woollahra Council’s permanent public collection.

Larissa Bricis

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