Cheryl_Wilson_Smith_Granite-and-Lichen

Cheryl Wilson-Smith

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

Granite and Lichen | 8″ x 13″ x 13″| Glass and cement I am surrounded by the graceful intensity of granite skillfully embellished by lichens. They have been here long before me and will be here long after. Through trying to recreate a sensation of this, I am privileged to contemplate the passage of time, genetic memory and the evanescence …

Sean_Ross_Stripped-Trailer

Sean Ross

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

Stripped Trailer | 20″ x 30″ | Chromogenic print A weathered trailer spills its contents into the foreground. Photographed in isolation, it appears as a diorama. It is a blueprint of lives once lived and the things that have been left behind. The image is a reflection on consumption, transient identities, and the modern human footprint. sean-ross-4cz3.squarespace.com

Meghan_Price_Body-Rock

Meghan Price

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

Body Rock | 96″ x 54″ x 19″| Graphite on stitched paper, dowels “Body Rock” is a series of paper forms made through pattern drafting and stitching. Geological textures are recorded on the paper with graphite rubbings. These floating “boulders” sway in response to movement, marking the time of our bodies. They also point to the much greater geologic timescale …

Noelle Hamlyn

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

A Tale I Could Unfold – On the Road | 40″ x 18″ x 3″ | Hand spun book pages Hands awaken black marks on dusty pages. Coiled paper root – like, reaches out. A tale unfolds. A Tale I Could Unfold elevates and transforms used books through the meticulous hand spinning of their printed pages. noellehamlyn.com

Susan_Collett_Racine-Series-TWIG

Susan Collett

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

Racine Series: TWIG | 21″ x 18″ x 19″ | Clay Uprooted form derives from tension of strength against fragility, as I push towards the edge of physical collapse this theme becomes more potent. The work is less about nature itself, but the analogy of a life process: of time and aging, of falling apart and coming together, about forgetting …

David_Brandy_Lifesavers

David Brandy

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

Lifesavers | 27″ x 40″ | Digital photography face mounted on plexiglass “Lifesavers” is one of the images from my series of photographs entitled, “Empty Seats”. The series depicts the enigma of everyday seating specifically created by and for human beings, yet these objects are filled with emptiness, loneliness and longing for a human presence. www.davidbrandyphotography.com

Catherine_Beaudette_Seaweed-12

Catherine Beaudette

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

Seaweed 12 | 30″ x 30″ | Chromogenic print mounted on aluminum Seaweeds are flowerless plants that live in the ocean, transforming impurities into materials essential to life. Like the natural historian, I do fieldwork on location gaining knowledge through patient observation of what nature tosses out. Styled bouquets are arranged from sea plants gathered at low tide, photographed on …

Karen_Andrews_Family- Study-12-DD-Boys

Karen Andrews

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

Family Study#12 – D&D Boys | 44″ x 30″ | Ink and brush drawing on paper My drawings are of no deep significance; my intent is to capture sporadic, stolen moments of daily life spent with my family, something which I have done since the birth of our son 14 years ago. This particular drawing is part of an ongoing …

Cheryl Wilson-Smith

SSartprize Finalist 2015

Coral Trà | 4″ x 4″ x 4″ | Glass I used powdered glass to build the sculpture layer by layer, like a 3D printer would. I then fire the sculpture in the kiln to create a solid piece of glass. Coral Trà is inspired by the treasures we discover while walking on the beach, a precious gift from the …

Julia Vandepolder

SSartprize Finalist 2015

Heaven’s Gate | 26″ high x 20″ wide | Oil on canvas Inspired by a summer evening spent in a hilltop cabin along the coast of Inverness, Heaven’s Gate captures a moment of poetic transition. Subtleties of colour and light are expressed with direct mark making and thickly layered painted surface. The descending sun reflects off the inner door frame …