Every year in south eastern NSW, regional councils sponsor an art competition where artworks have to be created mainly from materials recovered from the waste stream. The exhibition is currently showing in the Mechanics Institute in Moruya, a graceful brick building which is a pleasure to visit it in its own right, regardless of the exhibition inside.
My choice was Luiza Urbanik's “My body, my house”, a hinged triptych made from broken plates, mirrors, junk shop jewels, toys, plywood off cuts and acrylic paint. I liked its sparkle, humour, intricacy and dimensionality. Luiza, whom I met at Middle Earth, was sitting beneath her creation and she told me that it had been six months in the making, as the stories it tells unfolded.
The competition winner was Toby Whitelaw. He created a bust called “#selfie” out of corrugated cardboard from discarded boxes and wire: it looks like a statue from an antique land.
Other works were more conventional
For those of you who knew Christine, the winner, Toby Whitelaw, is her son.