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UCOL lecturer shortlisted for top drawing award

By UCOL on Wednesday, 09 August 2017

A photograph of an artwork by Lorraine Web called Precipitous Land.

UCOL Visual Arts Lecturer Lorraine Webb was chosen as a finalist for the prestigious Parkin Drawing Prize.

The Parkin Drawing Prize is New Zealand’s premier award for drawing, with 84 finalist shortlisted from 502 entries this year.

Lorraine says her work, titled Precipitous Land, is “a synthesis of land, sky, and sea”, inspired by the beauty of the land, climate change, and living in Whanganui, which endured flooding earlier last year. 

“A lot of artists, myself included, work within the context in which they live, and the time they live so you pick up things from what’s going on in the world,” she says.

This was the first time Lorraine had entered the competition, making it extra pleasing for her to be shortlisted.

“It’s nice to be accepted. It’s at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, which is a beautiful gallery, so it will be lovely.”  

In creating her work, Lorraine re-used old paper. 

“One thing I do, is that I try to recycle paper. I don’t make the paper myself, but if I have some old paper, like old cartridge paper, I’ll glue one piece to another and I’ll work on top of that.” 

“If you look at my drawing you’ll see some accidental folds in the paper where I’ve glued two pieces together.” 

The finalists for the Parkin Drawing Prize will have their works showcased at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington from 2 August to 3 September 2017.