‘Rubbish’ portrait claims top prize

Adele Varris poses amongst collected rubbish for the Fig Group winning portrait RecycAdele’d.
Adele Varris poses amongst collected rubbish for the Fig Group winning portrait RecycAdele’d.

Angelyne Wolf and Adele Varris, who teach at Hale School in Wembley Downs, and Caris Matic spent five weeks collecting rubbish to construct their live artwork-cum-photo inspired by Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer.

Wolf said the competition rules were to ‘bring out the artist within’ and interpret one of five famous portraits in an unusual way.

‘The model looks so beautiful and pristine in Gustav Klimt’s piece, so our concept was to recreate the piece with everyday ‘rubbish’ and make a statement on the waste we produce and create something beautiful,’ she said.

Wolf said the three friends decided to use trash after seeing the ‘piles and piles’ of lolly wrappers they had accumulated after the Perth Royal Show.

‘Ultimately, this project was an exercise in examining the foods we eat, products consumed and the waste we produce,’ she said.

‘It made us really consider how much packaging we go though and made us realise that we should make an effort to reduce the amount of waste produced and non-organic foods we eat.’

Ms Wolf said they were overjoyed to start collecting their prize of 365 free meals at any of three Fig restaurants.

‘We’ve been excitedly highlighting the menus deciding what we’ll order next; I don’t think we’ll ever get sick of the food,’ she said.