City of Joondalup Community Invitation Art Award on display at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City

Teelah George with her winning art work.
Teelah George with her winning art work.

THE discovery of an old roll of aluminium foil led to the creation of an award-winning piece for WA artist Teelah George.

The 30-year-old capped off an exciting year ” she was a finalist in several awards and exhibited in Adelaide ” with Nothing and everything that is near peripheral 1 winning the $7000 major prize in the City of Joondalup Community Invitation Art Award on Saturday night.

‘I did a residency at Fremantle Arts Centre and on my little adventuring there I needed some foil and found it,’ she said.

‘As I unrolled it I could see this amazing rainbow and was mystified by it and held on to it until I framed it for this show.’

George said she was ‘definitely’ proud that her work would be included in the City of Joondalup art collection.

‘Now I’ve framed this beautiful aluminium foil that’s all of the foil I have left,’ she said.

‘It is kind of archived behind this frame and people will see it.

‘Similarly to me they will be mystified by how it got like that and that will be in a collection, which is a beautiful thing.

‘I’m interested in archives and how they work and how art works within that context.

‘So I think it is a great thing and it will communicate with the other works as well and I think that will be amazing.’

Judges said: ‘The artist has demonstrated a sensitive investigation of visual subtleties found in everyday life through the use of a familiar domestic material, and a cool confidence in the way the material has been presented and handled.’

Judges described runner-up Perdita Phillips’ A Time Table as ‘a cohesive, thought-provoking work, beautifully executed’.

‘The materials reference the mould-making process through the use of gauze and bandages; these are also reminiscent of bodily injury and of discarded materials, connecting the work to the body and human activity, and serving as a reminder that we are linked to the natural world,’ they said.

Other winners:

Mark Parfitt won the Celebrating Joondalup Award for his Other People’s Pools. The Excellence Award went to Justin Spiers for Unhatched.

Dan McCabe was commended for his World’s Last Histories.

– Vote on your favourite work at the exhibition at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City until October 31.