Yhonnie Scarce was announced as the winner of GNAP17 at the gala exhibition opening at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on Fri 24 March 2017 for her work, The More Bones the Better, 2016.
The GNAP17 judge, Simon Maidment, Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria said;
“The winning work by Yhonnie Scarce captures the sensitivity to materials she displays throughout her artistic practice. The blown and shattered glass elements are a delicate contrast to the shocking and little discussed histories of Aboriginal exploitation and abuse in the name of science in Australia.
Engaging this topic, this work is haunting, in the same way those lived and documented experiences continue to haunt the collective unconscious of this country. Yhonnie Scarce’s work, The More Bones the Better 2016, I believe makes an important contribution to the Collection of Federation University Australia and will engage and move diverse audiences with its technical accomplishment, beauty and message.
I thank Mark Guirguis and the staff of the organisation for creating this important opportunity for an Australian artist, and the other artists, who would all be worthy winners.”
The Guirguis New Art Prize 2017 (GNAP17) is a $20,000 national, acquisitive, biennial, contemporary Art Prize, which showcases a selection of Australia’s most exciting contemporary artists. The Prize has been initiated and supported by local Ballarat surgeon Mark Guirguis, and administered by Federation University Australia’s Arts Academy. It is presented in association with the Art Gallery of Ballarat, with the generous support of the Art Gallery of Ballarat Foundation.
Abdul Abdullah (NSW)
Joel Arthur (ACT)
Erin Coates (WA)
DAMP (Narelle Desmond, Deb Kunda, Sharon Goodwin & James Lynch) (VIC)
Carly Fischer (VIC)
Natasha Johns-Messenger (VIC)
Julia McInerney (SA)
Brian Robinson (QLD)
Julia Robinson (SA)
Alistair Rowe (WA)
Yhonnie Scarce (VIC)
Esther Stewart (VIC)
Peter Vandermark (ACT)