West Australian artist takes home major prize

Claire Beausein with her Mandorla Art Award winning artwork, Chalice (Mandorla Art Award)

An artwork created from wild silkworm cocoons has won the 2022 Mandorla Art Award, Australia’s most significant thematic Christian art prize. Source: The eRecord.

The award has attracted some of the nation’s finest artists since it was first established in 1985.

This year, of 275 submissions, 41 artists were selected to exhibit at Holmes à Court Gallery in West Perth, where the winner was announced this week.

The theme for this year’s prize was “Metamorphosis”, with a biblical reference to Isaiah 43:19 – “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”

The $25,000 major St John of God Health Care prize was won by Claire Beausein from Western Australia with Chalice, which was created from wild silkworm cocoons stitched together with silk thread and presented on cotton rag paper. The work included museum insect pins, traditionally used to display moths.

The work will become part of the Mandorla Collection, held in perpetuity at New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery and displayed in its Mandorla Gallery.

Mandorla Chairperson Angela McCarthy said the chosen finalists were an outstanding group of Australian artists and their interpretation of the theme showed their diversity and expertise.

“It is exciting to see how the theme of ‘Metamorphosis’ referenced from the prophet Isaiah, has been presented to us in such a challenging way,” Dr McCarthy said.


WA artist takes home major prize (The eRecord

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