Congrats to Melbourne-based artist, Julia Ciccarone!
Reposted from @artgalleryofnsw
🎉 JUST ANNOUNCED: Congratulations to the Archibald Prize 2021 ANZ People's Choice winner, Julia Ciccarone, for her self-portrait 'The sea within'.
Two-time Archibald Prize finalist @juliaciccarone painted 'The sea within' at home during the 2020 Melbourne lockdown in response to ‘radical changes affecting culture and nature’.
Based in Alphington, Victoria, the artist painted herself lying barefoot, with wet hair and clutching paint brushes in her hand, wrapped in a blanket from her childhood, and resting her head on a suitcase her father brought to Australia from Italy when he migrated in the 1950s.
Speaking from home, once again in lockdown, Ciccarone said she was humbled and astounded to be this year's winner.
‘When I painted this work, life was intense and overwhelming. It’s hard to believe that we are still experiencing times of great uncertainty, more than a year on. I believe we share in a collective trauma. But the ocean – which features large in my life and art – is my healing place.'
‘Water is a universal symbol of the unconscious mind. Whenever I dive into the ocean, I am diving into my own subconscious, awake and aware,' said Ciccarone.
‘It brings me great joy to know that so many people connected with my work.’
Proudly supported by Presenting partner @anz_au
Artwork: Archibald Prize 2021 ANZ People’s Choice award winner Julia Ciccarone 'The sea within' © the artist
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