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SCULPTURE PRIZE FOR SCHOOLS


* AN INTERNATIONAL ART PRIZE FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN UP TO AGE 18

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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 concept of my sculpture is focussed on the theme of mental illness and the way the mind can be damaged and can decay. This idea of deterioration is conveyed through the aged and decayed objects. The former inside of the key box has been displaced by attaching it to the top of the cabinet. The hooks are left empty and hold no keys; the board of hooks are incomplete and without purpose. This idea links to the suggestion of a mind that is no longer whole or complete; something vital has been removed which gave the mind its intended purpose. The keys which should be on the hooks are instead trapped in the concrete and cannot be put back in the right place. The sculpture as a whole therefore serves as a metaphor or representation of mental illness- it bears the wounds and scars of the deterioration of the mind as well as confining secrets inside.”
Author
Emily Brinkley , 17 yrs