Congratulations to Sarah Goffman who has taken out the $20,000 Still: National Still Life Award with her collection of recycled plastic containers painted to resemble antique Chinese ceramics.
“I am overwhelmed and so grateful to win this award,” said Goffman at the announcement last week. “Art prizes present a conundrum. I have mixed feelings, if only every artist in this exhibition could be awarded $20,000. It’s brave to make art, we make ourselves vulnerable and we’re not always rewarded for it.”
“Still has placed the still life genre at the heart of contemporary art practice,” she said. “There is a real sense that something new is happening here.”
The Still: National Still Life Award at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery was open to still life compositions in all mediums. Goffman’s winning work, Asian Table, was selected from a field of 63 finalists and the exhibition of all their work includes painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, ceramics, glass, sculpture, video, printmaking and textiles.