$1,000 Ray & Georgia Gough Grand Prize Winner Ann B. Coddington | Champaign, IL twined linen, random woven caning, willow, twined reed, tumbleweed 15" x 72" x 12"
The slow building of one stitch upon another exists within an ancient time frame, virtually un-experienced in contemporary, digital society. My current artwork pushes back against the world of increasingly complex technologies that, paradoxically, in an effort to connect us, instead separates and isolates us, removing us from authentic experience.
No Tangible Object I
$750 Juror Prize Winner Zoe Preece | Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, UK porcelain, wood 41.3" x 7.9" x 6.7"
Current works exist as small-scale installations of multiple slip-cast porcelain forms - for example a cup or spoon - that function as narrative indicators to the domestic realm. The bulging liquid at the very limits of its container and beyond describes a moment of extended pressure, of pent up potential.
$500 Juror Prize Winner Bumin Kim | Lewisville, TX thread, wood, acrylic, paper 11" x 7" x 1.5"
The transformative power of materiality is at play in Kim’s works. She has repurposed the context of thread, to emphasize the energy, delicacy, and grace of Drawing. Drawing has been personified, and is no longer limited to the index of the hand, or the illusion of the flat surface.
When Children Die They Do Not Grow
$250 Juror Prize Winner Özlem Ayse Özgür | Tucson, AZ mixed media installation with ceramics, video, sound dimensions vary
This is an attempt to give a long-lasting funeral ceremony for 504 children who died in Gaza in the summer of 2014 in 51 days. When I saw the photos of this way, I felt as if my children were being killed. This work is a call to act collectively out of compassion. If we lose our compassion we lose our essence as human beings.