Separation and Consolidation 1

Highly Commended
  • Artist: Ilona Herreiner
  • Medium: Pawlonia, fabric, oil colour
  • Artwork size unframed (mm): 1930 x 420 x 400
  • Price: $15,200.00

Seemingly primitive animal instincts lurk in our depths, waiting for the chance to emerge in a conscious moment. The sculptures focus on human psychology, articulated through animal and human forms. On the surface, the figures show themselves to be wild or well-behaved, hovering in tense moments. Below the surface, they embody the consequences of human fear, apathy, aggression and misunderstandings they want to leave behind.
That which is unspoken is more important than the spoken. One can read meaning in the subtle signs; a look, the way you hold your hands, the tilt of your head, the slightest unconscious gesture.
Judge Comment: Nature is central to many works in the exhibition, but this skillfully made work of a goat girl clutching a teddy bear reminds us of the interconnection between humans, animals and nature that is perhaps best understood in childhood.