ANU graduates awarded Talente 2020 prizes in Germany!

"Still in Cylinder" - Kristina Neumann photography by Simon Cottrell
Wednesday 8 April 2020

We are pleased to announce that ANU School of Art & Design graduates, Isabelle Mackay-Sim (Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) 2018) and Kristina Neumann (Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) 2019) were awarded TALENTE 2020 Prizes in Munich, Germany.


The special show TALENTE is an international competition for young craftsmen in design and engineering that shows prototypes and trends from 14 different areas of design. Works from 99 craftsmen and designers from 30 countries were judged and presented.


Here are the judges comments on both Isabelle and Kristina’s submissions;


Isabelle Mackay-Sim’s works attracted the jury by their sensual surface design. The artist uses the materiality of clay very consciously. The pleasure of kneading is to be felt in her works. The objects are also very mysterious and excite the desire to discover their shapes with eyes and hands. In addition, the objects are also a clear commentary (without being moral) on today’s desired body perfection.


The jury was impressed by the strong concept in the works by Kristina Neumann. Students usually live with their parents for a long time and, because of the good relationship with them, have no need to move out. The majority of this generation seems to be looking for security and stability. These works are to be seen as talismans for the younger generation. In addition, the jury found it exciting that the hanging and moving property of jewellery also makes a conceptual sense here: the necklace hangs close to the heart and when the wearer moves, the object carefully distances itself from the body.


For further information and for a full list of prize recipients, please click here.

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