Artist offers prayers of reparation

Local artist and La Trobe University Masters of Visual Arts student Ann Berg says she is proud to have been awarded the inaugural Mason Family Trust Exhibition award. 

Ann Berg, Sign of the Time (Detail), 2012, ochres with acrylic mediums on marine ply.The award was established to assist full time final year undergraduate or postgraduate students who are pursuing studies in Visual Arts and Design or Art Education and are enrolled in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences or the Faculty of Education at the Bendigo campus.

As well as a $2500 cash prize the award will allow Ms Berg to display her Prayers of Reparation exhibition at the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre from Wednesday 27 February until Sunday 24 of March.

Meeting high expectations

‘Ann has had to produce a new body of work to a deadline, consolidate her ideas into a concise focus and deliver on them,’ says Mr Anthony Conway, Acting Program Convenor of Visual Arts and Design at La Trobe University Bendigo.

‘She has had to ensure that her work meets the expectations of the University and Sandhurst Trustees, who represent the Mason Family Trust. The exhibition has given Ann a broad range of experiences that will underpin and accelerate her grasp of the postgraduate studies she is beginning this year.’

Reconsidering that which is sacred: the potential of art to ask questions about the ecological wellbeing of humanity and the Earth

Ms Berg says the exhibition is about reconsidering that which is sacred by drawing on iconography associated with the Stations of the Cross.

‘My concerns about current and future ecological wellbeing of humanity and the Earth led me to ponder a seemingly contemporary dilemma of “what is sacred now?” and “does it matter?” ’ says Ms Berg.

‘My work is based on the potential for art to address such questions in contemporary society, exploring how art might address such questions in a contemporary world.

‘The idea of re-interpreting the Stations of the Cross grew out of my research into ways “the sacred” has been presented historically. The multiple layers of symbolic and mythological meanings associated with sacred art forms lead me to think about possible links between the narrative of Christ’s crucifixion and how we are now treating the environment.

‘The Passion story could be seen as a metaphor for the embodied soul that links the fragile nature of physical reality with the human longing for transcendental experience.’  

The Mason Family Trust Exhibition Award exhibition Prayers of Reparation, by Ms Ann Berg, will be on display at the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre from Wednesday 27 February to Sunday 24 March. It will be opened by Ms Bridget Keena, artist, on Thursday 28 February at 6pm.


About the Mason Family Trust Exhibition Award

The Mason Family Trust Exhibition Award recognises students enrolled at La Trobe University, Bendigo Campus in Visual Arts and Design, or Art Education who demonstrate exceptional academic and creative merit in their final or postgraduate years of study. The beneficiary of the award receives $2500 and assistance from the University to mount an exhibition of their work for public display at the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre Access Gallery.

Click here for more information on scholarships offered for study at La Trobe University, Bendigo Campus.

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