Theo, Hertha, Graeme, Olivia (PPP winner) and Soula at the gallery.

Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop Inaugural Peebles Print Prize

Olivia Mazzone is the winner of QG&Ws inaugural Peebles Print Prize with her work, 38°29’39” S 144°52’56” E (Order #2). Olivia received $4,000 cash from the major sponsor Barry Iddles of 360Q at the Harbour, QG&W print studio access for 5 days and materials to the value of $500.

“The stimulus for my entry came during work shops with Graeme Peebles,” said Olivia. “I would like there to exist places that are stable, unmoving, intangible, untouched and almost untouchable, unchanging, deep-rooted; places that might be points of reference, of departure, of origin… Such places don’t exist, and it’s because they don’t exist that space becomes a question, ceases to be self-evident, ceases to be incorporated, ceases to be appropriated. Space is a doubt: I have constantly to mark it, to designate it. It’s never mine, never given to me, I have to conquer it.”

The awards were judged by Hertha Kluge-Pott, one of Australia’s foremost printmakers for more than half a century. Born in Berlin in 1934, she belongs to that generation of European migrants that so greatly enriched Australia’s cultural landscape post World War II. After initial studies in printmaking at the Berlin Academy she arrived in Melbourne in 1958 continuing her studies at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) with printmaker Tate Adams. Graeme Peebles and Hertha worked together at RMIT. Graeme was also taught by Tate Adams as was QG&W artist George Baldessin.

As well as being an artist of considerable talent, Kluge-Pott has also been a highly influential tertiary teacher, first at the Melbourne State College, where for 10 years she taught printmaking to trainee art teachers, and then for 15 years at RMIT, on of the country’s foremost printmaking schools, where she succeeded George Baldessin in 1978 as lecturer in printmaking.

Kluger-Potts swiftly announced the PPP Winner and instructed Olivia to ‘now get on with it’. Olivia Mazzone’s works are an investigation of space, site and object. She explores a duality of space through her practice – both as site and presence,” said the juged. “Mazzone aims to capture glimpses or quiet moments, and deconstruct them to preserve, transform and immortalize their memory. Her works often stem from the idea of the fragment, and through the folding, scrunching, tearing and cutting of paper, another kind of space begins to grow.”

High commendations by Hertha Kluge-Pott to Michele Kershaw for Re:Sown and Jo Lankester for Rhytidome Viscaceae – Townsville II.

QG&W owner Theo Mantalvans said the Peebles Print Prize added another dimension to art in the community. “It’s about relationships with people we know and connect with,” while his partner Soula said they were delighted that the prize was awarded to such a young artist to assist her to develop her art.

The official closing of the exhibition, the People’s Choice announcement and the fundraising raffle draw for Cottage by the Sea and the Queenscliff Primary School is 3pm Sunday 10 September.