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Remagine 2021

Remagine 2020 DeviceArt Prize and Exhibition

Theme: ‘Fast fashion, fast food, fast running out of natural resources’

Remagine Art Prize has a focus on sustainability and the environment. Each year it has a timely and thought-provoking theme, this year’s theme was ‘Fast fashion, fast food, fast running out of natural resources’. Artists were asked to submit artworks that related to an element of this theme.

MAJOR PRIZE WINNERS

Digital Art – Stills Mixed Media 3D and Mixed Media 2D Painting, Drawing and Printmaking

Winner – Nadine Schmoll – Interconnected (Self Portrait as Coral)
Nadine Schmoll, Interconnected
(Self Portrait as Coral)

Artist Statement

Interconnected is a photographic self-portrait that sheds light on the interrelationships between the natural marine environment and humans in the context of the global impacts of climate change and plastic pollution. We can and must learn from nature to create more beneficial relationships between ourselves and the world around us, to ensure there are enough natural resources for all, forever. This work is informed by eight months living on the Great Barrier Reef.

In response to rising sea temperatures, some corals have evolved to produce their own natural sunscreen, expressed as a fluorescent pigment. The garment in the photograph is an exoskeleton of coral polyps formed using waste plastic bottles that have been cut, moulded and textured using heat applications. Bottles have been collected in collaboration with the community, reflecting our shared responsibility to care for the environment. This is the first time I have used my own image in an artwork but the figure could have been anyone.

Winner – Chrystal Rimmer – Infinity, Infinity, Infinity
Chrystal Rimmer, Infinity, Infinity, Infinity

Artist Statement

Made from 1023 plastic bags this piece came together during the height of the pandemic and in the aftermath of the devastating 2019-2020 bushfires. It was hard not to adopt an apocalyptic mindset, it still is, yet when chaos integrates itself into the everyday, I find peace knowing my existence is but a fleeting moment on an infinite timeline. This sentiment is embodied by fungi, generating new life from decay.

As one concerned with loss and extinction I can only relinquish to the thought that this is nature, I am, my thoughts are, my smartphone is, just as plastic is too. Does life cease to exist when I do? No, of course we know that it simply passes by. Just the same as nature, it never ceases. There is no doubt that plastic will become a time stamp on earth’s geology, another resource ready to be unearthed.

Winner – Melissa Harvey – Unravelled, Untold
Melissa Harvey, Unravelled, Untold

Artist Statement

Unravelled, Untold is made from recycled cotton pulp, sourced from discarded clothing and donated domestic cloth from my local community.  The pulp medium is made through a beating process where cloth is reduced to fibres suspended in water. The medium is applied or sprayed onto a silkscreen forming a paper piece.

Reusing and repurposing cloth started early for me on a large remote dairy farm on the Far North Coast, NSW. Through isolation came resourcefulness. I hold memories of my clothes being made from my mother’s repurposed clothes and of precious textiles passing through generations. Present day and I hold the global crisis of disposable fashion and its environmental and social impacts. In response, I call on my community for discarded items of cloth, their contribution is sharing in a story of collective histories held within the fibres as I blend and transform them to retell other stories.

There were three categories with $11,000 in total prize money. Categories included: Digital Art – Stills, Mixed Media 3D/Mixed Media 2D and Painting/Drawing/ Printmaking. There was also a new Youth Award (16-18 years) and the People’s Choice Award which was voted by the public.

Held in partnership with the Hornsby Art Society, the innovative art prize began in 2009 (under a different name) to showcase artworks made from reused materials. Over the past decade it has evolved to become an art prize where artists can respond to the challenges we are facing with waste, consumption and the environment.

This year’s judges were Laura Jones, Zora Regulic and Tony McDonald.

Remagine Art Prize 2021 was held at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, Hornsby, from 4 June to 20 June 2021, Tuesday – Sunday,10am-4pm.

2021 Winners and Runners Up
2021 Finalists

See the 2021 Terms and Conditions


Thank you to our partner Hornsby Art Society.

Hornsby Art Prize