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SCULPTURE PRIZE FOR SCHOOLS


* AN INTERNATIONAL ART PRIZE FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN UP TO AGE 18

Grandad
Grandad
Photo Description:
Students were given the working title 'Object & Memory'. They had to gather discarded objects and consider key concepts in relation to context, function, history, memory, associations and aesthetics. They studied the work of Rachel Whiteread and Doris Salcedo before considering how they could combine and transform their two objects to create a new identity. “The old Bakelite telephone reflects the memory of the table. The table belonged to my granddad, on which he once kept his telephone. The phone also reflects him as a person because he used to be a BT engineer, and now he owns old Bakelite phones at home. The sculpture reflects the work for BT and how they used to throw these phones into skips when no longer wanted, yet now they are valuable collector items. The negative space plaster legs are inspired by the work of Rachel Whiteread; the dirt and dust are the remains of the once present object. The strange latex creeping over the furniture gives a sense of preserving and combining – inspired by the work of Salcedo. The collaged legs resemble the memories and case studies I researched and the dust and remains on the seat reflect the memory of the ‘wear and tear’ of the chair and its journey to this point in time.”
Author
Emily Betts , 17 yrs