Shortlisted for the Mandorla Art Award

I’ve been so absorbed making an artists’ book for the Mandorla art award and another one for the Fremantle Print Award I haven’t had time to post a Blog!
My good news is I have been shortlisted for the Mandorla ( I haven’t heard from the Freo Print Award yet)
For those who don’t already know the Mandorla Art Award is a Christian art prize that provides a bible passage for artists to respond to. The following is from the Mandorla Website.
“The Mandorla Art Award employs a thematic spiritual inspiration that changes with each

Artists' Book by Shana James for the Mandorla Art Award
Artists’ Book by Shana James for the Mandorla Art Award (Small book shows Coptic Binding)

exhibition. These inspirations are defined by quotations from the Bible and all participating artists are requested to interpret these in their own way. The theme for 2014 is ‘Elijah meets God’, taken from 1Kings 19:11b-13.”
The book I have made responding to the theme, is made from Dry-point images and Encaustic Covers Bound with Coptic binding – a method of book binding that dates back to the 2nd century AD and was used by coptic monks to make the first Christian Texts. If you would like to know more about these techniques click on the links to go to descriptions.
I am so happy to have been short listed for this prestigious award. Here are the exhibition details from the Mandorla Website:

The exhibition will run from 18 to 27 July at Linton and Kay Galleries inthe heart of Perth’s CBD as part of the Winter Arts Festival 2014.  It will show case forty Mandorla Art Award finalists with the acquisitive first prize winner receiving $25,000 and two highly commended prizes winning $5,000.
I will post more images of inside the book when the exhibition is on.

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