Unnatural Selection Joins Your Art Collection


Bass Coast Shire Council will add Kerry Spokes’ work Unnatural Selection #2 to its art collection after Ms Spokes was awarded the Your Art Collection prize on Friday.

The judging panel, Director of Gippsland Art Gallery, Anton Vardy; renowned Australian botanical artist, Celia Elizabeth Rosser; and contemporary action painter, Kerrie Warren, judged artworks in the Your Art Collection Exhibition on originality, contemporary style, concept, and coherence.

Mr Vardy said the four artists represented – Ms Spokes, Bill Binks, Robyn Riley and Ursula Theinert – all expressed themselves to this rigourous examination.

“The judges unanimously selected Kerry Spokes’ Unnatural Selection #2 as the winner,” Mr Vardy said.

“We all felt it was strong in originality of concept and left us musing what was happening in this forest of abandoned cars with inverted male figures imbedded in the trunks of the trees.

“Why is the stork, the proverbial bringer of new life, taking away a chair? Has it invested itself with grim reaper properties to remove an audience member?

“Kerry Spokes leaves us with lots of questions as we try to work it out, but it’s not a game. There is no solution. It’s just a dream, a hypnopompic state. That period between sleep and awake where nothing is reality, yet everything exists.”

This digital artwork was chosen from sixteen works by four artists who have won YAC awards during the year.

The winning artist receives $5,000 and other shortlisted artists receive $1,000 each.

Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine, opened the exhibition hosted by the Bass Coast Artists’s Society and held at the Goods Shed Art Space in Wonthaggi, and commended the standard of the art and the work of the community arts groups.

“Of course we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the organisers of the Community Art Shows and their dedication to arts in Bass Coast,” Cr Rankine said.

“A great deal of work goes on behind the scenes,”

The exhibition continues until 14 September and is open from 10.00am until 4.00pm, from Wednesday to Sunday.

The Goods Shed Art Space can be accessed from the Rail Trail, and cars can enter via the Big W carpark.