Winner $3,000 Incinerator Gallery Award:
Heather Hesterman, LOSS/GAIN, 2017, plywood, stain, water-jet cutting, native plant stock,160 x 160 x 120 cm
LOSS/GAIN references relocated and lost landscapes displaced through rail and mining. This sculptural work comprises of 400 Australian native plants and is the exact size of an individual mining plot in 1800s Bright, Victoria. Viewers are invited to take a native tubestock to plant in their own garden, however as they do so they cause and mimic habitat loss. This act of revegetation highlights the intrinsic value of the environment, and encourages viewers to contemplate the ethics of their actions. It emphasises the vegetation loss, ‘clearing’ that was caused through colonial expansion, and promotes respect to the land and the Indigenous peoples, acknowledging that they are the first peoples of this nation.
The final prize, the $1,000 People’s Choice Award, will be announced at the conclusion of the exhibition, which will run until Sunday, 26 November, at the Moonee Valley Civic Centre.
The Incinerator Art Award is proudly sponsored by The Boathouse