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The Oaksmith Studio Prize 2012

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We recently got very busy with the second edition of our Oaksmith Studio Prize and are thrilled to finally share the results here on our blog.

After opening up eligibility to MA Fine Art and related courses from across the University of the Arts London, we met up with last year’s prize winner Georgina McNamara to go through the selection process. Little did we know how hard it would be to make a final choice… but after reading all candidates’ artist statements and viewing and reviewing their submitted visual materials, we finally chose Victoria Arney as the Oaksmith Studio’s 2012 Prize Winner.

Victoria is a final year student on the MA Printmaking course at Camberwell College of Arts. Her large scale, multi-panel etchings make use of repetition, mirror images and negative prints. Using drawing as a starting technique, Victoria’s final prints are dramatic visual statements that invite the viewer in to decipher a deeper context. Inspired by common media channels and how they filter message and content before it reaches the end audience, her recent works have explored widely reported and “experienced” world events such as the Japan tsunami and the protests in Egypt and London.

Says Victoria: “Events are continuously being superseded by more news and a flow of generalised histories, of nations or of land become lost. Drawing, re. looking and dissecting these images I hope marks the fragility of our territories.”

We chose Victoria as the Oaksmith Studio Prize winner due to the inspiring and inspired combination of her stunning mark-making and a challenging discourse with politics and the media. We are looking forward to working with her in preparation for her MA degree show which will take place from 5th September 2012. We’ll be sure to post updates as and when they happen…

Victoria, Mauro

meeting Victoria at Oaksmith Studio

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Victoria Arney – Boundary – 2012

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