A series of ‘crowns' that explores human identity has won its creator the $35,000 annual Dr Harold Schenberg Art Prize awarded through The University of Western Australia.
Twenty-six year-old Shan Turner-Carroll from Cessnock in NSW was named winner of the prestigious award at Hatched: National Graduate Show 2013 at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Shann's work Primal Crown examines ways in which self-discovery and contentment have been hijacked by a celebrity-obsessed culture.
Drawing on tribal Burmese and Papua New Guinean influences, Shan uses tribal aesthetics such as hand-dyed fabrics woven around branches to create ‘crowns'.
Shan photographed members of his family wearing the crowns at night in a landscape significant to the artist and his subjects.
Dr Schenberg was a respected WA dermatologist, a renowned art collector and art benefactor. UWA is one of the main beneficiaries of his generosity and pays tribute to him and his lasting legacy. Through his significant contribution to UWA, Dr Schenberg continues to support the arts and nurture emerging artistic talent.
Hatched, open until 9 June at PICA, features 37 artists from 20 art schools across Australia.