We are delighted to announce that the Rio Tinto Sculpture Inside Award of $5,000 has been awarded to Perth-based artist, Mikaela Castledine.
Mikaela’s work entitled ‘Intention’ was selected by Dr Nien Schwarz, Artist & Senior Lecturer, School of Communications and Arts, Edith Cowan University, and a member of the Curatorial panel for this year’s exhibition.
‘Intention’ is a crocheted work inspired by her visit to the Bagan plains in Burma, exploring her Anglo Burmese ancestry, where she saw hundreds of enigmatic, ruined Buddhist temples. Mikaela examines the notions of place and permanence, of dislocation, of belonging and borrowing from the past in this wonderful piece.
Since winning the WA Sculpture Scholarship Award at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2013 she has been concentrating her attention on her 3D crocheted works.
Of her practice, Castledine says: “Crochet is such an adaptable medium and perfect for exploring organic shapes. Every stitch is important and plays its part in the growth of the sculpture so you have to take care and pay attention, which makes it a very absorbing and satisfying process.”
Each of the 77 artists exhibiting in the 12th annual Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe exhibition have contributed dynamic and diverse works to Sculpture Inside, located upstairs in the Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club, and open daily throughout the show. We hope you will visit this wonderful space, transformed in to a gallery of over 150 small sculptures.