We are thrilled to announce and congratulate Peter Garnick, winner of the Inaugural Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop residency award

(Image: Reg Ryan Photography)

Geelong Gallery Director, Jason Smith, last night announced that Dianne Fogwell was the 2017 recipient of the Geelong acquisitive print award with her artist book, Mildura meander, and Clare Humphries was the recipient of the Ursula Hoff Institute award with her work, A fraction of a small distance.

The inaugural Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop residency was awarded to Peter Garnick for Elements a multi-panel etching which pays homage to the fundamental role of women in ensuring the survival of our species.

Peter Garnick

Elements  2017
photopolymer etching; unique state
Courtesy of the artist

Artist statement:

Elements pays homage to the fundamental role of women in ensuring the survival of our species.

Faces of mature women are juxtaposed against the Periodic Table of Elements, which was developed over two centuries to identify, define and categorise the chemical compounds inextricably woven with the human condition. The fifteen wise and diverse women comprise a representative Table of Human Elements. The elements of this ‘human table’ are crucial to the successful navigation of a truce between our species and the ominous consequences of its exploitation of the Chemical Elements.

There is also a visual reference to colourful prayer flags, themselves a contemporary icon of diversity.