The pattillo Scholarship - 2012 winner announced!
It is with great pleasure and a strong sense of excitement that we can announce the winner of this year’s scholarship. Vivien Lindsay, a third year student at the Quay School for the Arts UCOL, in Wanganui won for her piece ‘The Five Steps’. Vivien says it is “part of a body of work entitled “Come to the Party”, a response to the big questions that preoccupied me during my two-year long visit to China. I attempted to understand the impact on individuals of the unprecedented social, political and economic changes taking place.
I started working on “The Five Steps” project, in mid 2011, videotaping dozens of Chinese school students knotting the red scarf (honglingjin) around their necks whilst recalling their inauguration into the Young Pioneer Movement, the junior youth league of the Communist Party. As it was not permitted for foreign teachers to discuss politics openly with their students, inviting them to chat about the scarves was an indirect way to learn about their initiation into the Party.” Viviene says that in her art practice, she endeavours to produce art that tells a story without being too literal, art that harbours layers of meaning and leaves the viewer interrupted and/or satisfied. “I am comfortable working across a variety of mediums, choosing to use whatever format most effectively carries an idea. I am interested in the language wielded by the actual materials used in the art making process, this consideration being paramount in the choice of sheet lead in the making of the scarves project.”
A little bit about the scholarship itself…..
The pattillo Scholarship has been established for the students of at the Quay School for the Arts, UCOL in Whanganui. Every year pattillo commission’s a new piece that we feature through our communications. As always , the theme reflects ‘sculpting chaos’ but the scope and potential of that piece of work is just how we like to approach all work; open to possibility. It’s also important to us that we can make a meaningful contribution and we aim to do that with arts students, the people with buckets of talent and often limited resources. For the student who is successful in obtaining the commission, pattillo will be offering a scholarship prize. This prize consists of a commemorative medal crafted by Frances Stachl, and $7,500 to support further learning.