2019 ORO MOSAIC AWARD WINNER - PAMELA IRVING
Pamela Irving is a leading contemporary mosaic artist based in Melbourne. Her practice also incorporates painting and sculpture. She uses objects and shards with their own intrinsic value to create figures that are part burlesque, playful and slightly menacing. Her fusion of humour, mythology, and storytelling brings her mosaics into conversation with contemporary life. Pamela will use the $4,000 grant to travel to various historical sites in Israel to research the similarities and differences between Byzantine mosaics from a practitioner's perspective. With a strong interest in "mosaic as history" and the "history of mosaics" plus a fascination with ancient mythologies, her research will uncover new mythologies to explore in her storytelling and use to create a new series of mosaic works.
Pamela has exhibited widely throughout Australia as well as in Hong Kong, Russia, Japan, Italy, France, China, and the USA.
Mr Hanky Panky Gluttony, Pamela Irving 2018
2018 ORO MOSAIC AWARD WINNER - DONNA RITCHIE
Donna Ritchie is a Tasmanian artist who uses nostalgic triggers such as tongue twisters, toys, generic monster shapes along with elements of place in her art practice. She is concerned with social, environmental, economic and political changes. She is broad in her use of mediums to convey her concerns, using mosaic, photography, ceramics, acrylic, light sources and written text.