Tuesday, 27th April 2021
Mandorla Exhibition at New Norcia Museum & Art Gallery
Winning and selected works from the Mandorla Art Award are on show at New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery, until Sunday 9 May.
The exhibition was launched on 17th April in the permanent Mandorla section of the Museum and Art Gallery at New Norcia, where the winner of the People’s Choice Award was announced by Abbot John. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the small gathering of 30 enjoyed New Norcia Abbey wines provided by the Benedictine Community and were inspired by interpretative presentations by the winner of the Mandorla Art Award, Britt Mikkelson (WA), the winner of the People’s Choice Award, Desire Ferreira (WA), as well as runner up, Franci Hepburn (WA).
At the conclusion of a short season at New Norcia, the artworks will go on display at St John of God Hospital in Subiaco until 13th June. The winning piece of the Mandorla Art Award, 8200 Souls, will then be permanently housed at New Norcia. Desire who created Oremus, the winner of the People’s Choice Award, has generously agreed to allow her piece to be permanently housed at New Norcia also.
Below is some information about each of the pieces.
Winner, Mandorla Art Award 2021
Britt Mikkelson (WA), the winner of the Mandorla Art Award $25,000 Acquisitive Prize, created her sculptural work, 8200 Souls, to represent the volume of homeless people in Australia. The work consists of a found blanket, shaped to elicit the form of a human body, which has been pierced with 8200 holes, one for each homeless person in Australia. Each hole is highlighted by a series of LED lights shining through them.
Mikkelsen says she is emotionally attached to the work and will be sad to see it go. “However, I am so proud to have created an artwork which sheds light on such an important issue, and moreover to have that work recognised by the judges.”
People’s Choice Award
Oremus by Desire Ferreira depicts a young woman focused in wordless prayer. The limited palette of grey and black is highlighted by a central impression of a cross in red and gold leaf.
Ferreira says she is deeply honoured to receive the Award. "I wanted to create an artwork that would immerse the viewer into a deep encounter with the heart and mind of God and I am pleased to have achieved this. The Award will certainly propel me forward and help me stay inspired and motivated as an artist."