Artist Lee Harrop wins $7000 City of Joondalup invitation art award

Artist Lee Harrop wins $7000 City of Joondalup invitation art award

LEE Harrop thought it a wedgetailed eagle caught in the barbed wire.

The Kalgoorlie artist was driving past a fenced-off abandoned mining shaft on the edge of the town’s Super Pit gold mine.

The “trapped bird” turned out to be a large soft toy. “I slowed down thinking ‘oh no do I have to free an animal or is it dead’,” she said. “And as I got closer I saw what it was.

“I just found it extremely moving and quite telling, not just of the dangers of the shaft, but it actually speaks about a whole lot of issues happening politically in this country and world-wide at the moment. Without going further into that, I don’t think it just speaks to mining.”

The photograph of the fenced-off shaft forms the middle section of a three-piece work, titled Laying In-state, which was the judges’ unanimous pick for this year’s City of Joondalup $7000 acquisitive art award.

The first part of her work features samples from an abandoned core yard in the Goldfields.

She used a rotary tool to engrave them with a quote from Tolstoy, each line taking between 15 to 20 hours to complete: ‘Truth like gold is to be obtained not by its growth but by washing away all that is not gold.’

“There are so many layers to that quote when you put it against the mining industry because that’s what they’re doing in the processing.”

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