Saturday, April 20, 2013

Reflections upon Reflections

We have a solid start on our UWA Centenary 3D Art Challenge: REFLECTIONS, with 29 entries registered so far and several more known to be in progress. The theme for this challenge was determined by the Centenary committees to celebrate the first 100 years of teaching students at UWA. In that context, one might naturally think that the theme is just about looking back, but there are numerous ways to interpret it and artists are encouraged not to confine their thinking to the most obvious ones. In essence, REFLECTIONS is about self examination, about contemplation upon where we are now and how we got here, with "here" being now--this point in time as a crossroad between past and future. So reflection can be interpreted as a literal abstract reflection in a mirror--a physical phenomenon of light--or it can be a metaphor for introspection; a deeply personal contemplation.

In REFLECTIONS we have numerous examples of both approaches, some that span both, and a few that are more tangential. I thought it might be useful to show current entries that illustrate the breadth of interpretation that is possible within the theme, and hopefully to inspire others to come up with their own. I'll let you decide how (or whether) to categorize them. Deadline for  entries is 31 May and there is a L$600,000 prize pool with a top prize of L$100,000. Complete details here.

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