Updated: Oct 27, 2021
Being the last day of the "official" exhibition yesterday (although many of the works are continuing to remain on display through February), we counted up the People's Choice votes last night, and there was a very clear winner.
Congratulations to the following artists, whose works received the most votes from the public:
"Passage" by Alison McIntosh - inspired by
The Coconut Children by Vivian Pham.
"A Perilous Path" by Anne Langdon, inspired by
"The Lost Summers of Driftwood" by Vanessa McCausland.
"Taking Tom Murray Home" by Megan Cheyne,
inspired by "Taking Tom Murray Home" by Tim Slee. (SOLD)
"Adrift" by Alison McIntosh,
inspired by "The Coconut Children" by Vivian Pham. (SOLD)
"Jane" by Judy Watson,
inspired by "Jane in Love" by Rachel Givney.
"The Witch's Shack" by Quince Frances,
inspired by "Euphoria Kids" by Alison Evans. (SOLD)
"The Monstrous Heart Trilogy" by Linda McLaughlan,
inspired by "Monstrous Heart" by Claire McKenna.
"What If?" by Barb Venn,
inspired by "Ghost Species" by James Bradley.
"After the Sea Rises" by Dianne Jacono,
inspired by "The Glad Shout" by Alice Robinson
And the winner:
"It's Sort of Complicated" by Caroline Healey,
inspired by "Cherry Beach" by Laura McPhee-Browne.
Congratulations to Caroline on this stunning work! Everyone who viewed the Biblio talked about how they wanted "to dive into" this painting. Caroline is a Warrnambool-based artist who is well-known for her vibrant landscapes. Her artist statement reads:
Two girls’ existences are forever entwined. While one swims through life, the other flounders and then they switch. Never are they both on top, always one struggles. Cherry Beach is about the relationship young women who have been friends since early childhood can occasionally find themselves in. Sometimes close, sometimes distant, always emotional, often difficult. Identity can get confused, reflected. Water is a key theme of Cherry Beach. Every chapter is named after a geographical water feature and water analogies flow thick and fast. Many of the scenes take place near water – Lake Ontario, an Australian dam, Yarra River and, of course, Cherry Beach. One of the girls is a water-baby, almost obsessed by water. Ultimately, she becomes submerged. Author Laura McPhee-Browne has created a beautiful book that has a peaceful, ethereal feel to it despite the fast-paced drama of the story.