Runner Up - Fleur Alston
Runner up Fleur Alston
See her stunning winning image and learn more about her inspirations in our 60 second interview.
Artwork name: The Quickening
Size: 100cms by 100cms
'My work is concerned with our relationship with the natural world and the objects used in my photo collages are heavily symbolic of life and death. I also draws influence from Carl Gustav Jung, the renowned psychiatrist and psychotherapist. The motif of the Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism that represents the universe. Jung spoke of the urge to produce Mandalas at times of intense personal growth and as a way of rebalancing the psyche, the result is said to be a more complex and integrated personality.'
What or who is your biggest inspiration in your practice?
The natural world around me has always played a huge part in everything I do and I get excited when I find a new beautiful bug or unusual lichen. I am constantly surprised in the beauty of the things around us and want to draw attention to them, like the flight of a bird or the natural death of a fox.
What has been your most memorable moment of your artistic career to date?
I would have to say hearing I had come second in the Secret Art Prize was pretty amazing but the first joint exhibition I was involved in once I left university is still a very pivotal moment for me, it was my first step into the real world of art!
What would consider the biggest hurdle for an artist nowadays?
In my own experience the strength of will to keep going. You have to quiet your inner voice as it tells you that you are not good enough. You have to make the conscious effort to sit down everyday or every other day and make something, treat it like a job and not wait for inspiration to strike.
Lastly – what is your biggest realistic or unrealistic artistic dream?
Realistically or unrealistically I just want to continue to make the work that I love everyday which is not always such a simple thing...