WINNER | JUROR’S CHOICE AWARD – JUROR, DENIS LONGCHAMPS – $2,000
Diana Thorneycroft is a Winnipeg artist who has exhibited various bodies of work across Canada, the United States and Europe, as well as in Moscow, Tokyo and Sydney. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction, an Assistance to Visual Arts Long-term Grant from the Canada Council, several grants from the Manitoba Arts Council and a Fleck Fellowship from the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Thorneycroft taught as a sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art for 25 years. Since 2010 she has been focusing on her studio practice full-time, and has gallery representation in Canada, the US and Europe.
In 2013, Thorneycroft began working on a touring exhibition entitled Herd. A major component of the installation is the presentation of 150 plastic toy horses, half of which have been altered, travelling up a 40 foot ramp covered with snow.
Guard on the Edge (of the forest and the night) | 40″ x 54″ x 54″ | Mixed media
The guard is part of a tribe of mutant herdsmen who are responsible for taking care of a herd
of horses, half of which are equally transformed. Along with their caregivers, the altered horses are damaged, abject and vulnerable, and epitomize the grotesque. The unfolding narrative is purposely enigmatic.