Metamorphosis, a video work depicting a maggot pupating into a fly from Canberra artist Erica Seccombe, has taken out the open category of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, while fellow Canberran Hayley Lander won the emerging artist category with her painting, The great forgetting.
Judges were impressed by Seccombe’s work for its depiction of an “ordinarily unseen intersection between science and art”, while they found Lander’s painting to be an “affecting and poignant study in natural history”.
The pieces by the two winners were selected from works by 84 exhibiting finalists, which will be on display at the South Australian Museum from Friday, June 8 until Sunday, August 5. Visitors to the museum will also be able to vote for their favourite work in the People’s Choice Dr Wendy Wickes Memoriam Prize of $5000, while a Scientists’ Choice Award of $5000 will also be awarded as part of the now biennial exhibition and prize.
View a selection of the 2018 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize entries in the gallery above.
Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize
South Australian Museum
Friday, June 8 until Sunday, August 5