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MFA Graduate Wins 2017 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award

A Whitecliffe Master of Fine Arts (MFA) graduate and lecturer has won top prize at the 2017 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Awards, which took place in Hamilton on February 17.
Rose Meyer resizedRose Meyer was one of 36 finalists competing for the prestigious accolade. Her artwork, entitled ‘Journey; from pen to print to paint’, earned her a $20,000 prize sponsored by the Philip Vela Family Trust. The event and exhibition was part of the Hamilton Garden Arts Festival and was judged by artist/lecturer Roger Boyce. 

Other Whitecliffe finalists included BFA graduate Janet Mazenier and lecturers Kelly Pretty and Matt Dowman. 

Rose says she was “blown away” by the award.

“Winning such a large sum will lead to massive opportunities. I need to think very carefully about how I could invest it in furthering my practice and pushing my work into new territories. I am extremely grateful to the awards organisers, the Vela Family, the Waikato Society of Arts and Judge Roger Boyce,” she says.

“My artwork ‘Journey; from pen to print to paint’ started its life as a drawing made by placing a wheeled pen into a box containing paper.  The box was then sent to a destination through the mail. The resulting marks record the incidental movements of its travel, a literal translation of the space and time of its journey, documentation of its own creation. The lines made by this process then undertook a second journey through process and media; a translation through the digital, from photograph to vector, from vector to vinyl cut, finally resting as painting.”

Photo Credit: Waikato Society of Arts 

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