Two Ipswich artists that have recently had success are Kylie Stevens and Deb Mostert.
Artist Kylie Stevens work ‘One in Two Hundred Years, the Scale is Increasingly Irrelevant’ was announced as a finalist in The Mervyn Moriarty ‘The Merv’ Landscape Award, as part of the Queensland Regional Art Awards.
Kylie’s work will be exhibited with the 11 other finalists at Consolidated Properties Group office for 12 months.
Deb Mostert’s artwork ‘Koala as Object’ was announced by The Korea-Australia Arts Foundation as a finalist for the 2022 KAAF Art Prize Exhibition. There were over 550 entries in this competition and Deb’s was selected as one of the 70 finalists. The artworks will be hung in an exhibition in Sydney at the Korea Australia Arts Foundation gallery. Deb’s ‘Koala as Object’ artwork is part of a growing investigation into the proliferation of animal commodification as souvenirs.
Elderly taxidermy of koalas long deceased, that are part of our museum collections mingle with stylistic and kitsch interpretations in a strange de-evolution chart referencing scientific classification.
In the legend each of the objects is named with its material, manufacturer, and country of origin.
Deb said that she is keen to have conversations around conservation and stewardship as we examine the role of the objectification of our endangered species, like our vulnerable koalas and the value of this, particularly in the context of the ‘souvenir’.