Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award Winner announced

Published in artsHub:

Tasmanian artist Nik Lee has won the Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award, worth $10,000.

Lee took out the competition with his screen-based digital portrait entitled Our only concern is the void. Gillian Raymond, the award judge and Gallery online manager, says that Nik had captured a hypnotising moment of human condition during their struggle to understand their own belonging.

‘The loops in the text, and the actor’s attempts to present them, add a sense of poignancy to this exploration and expression of identity,’ she said.

As the winner, Lee will be given the opportunity to complete a multifaceted professional development program at the State Library of Queensland’s The Edge, providing him with sophisticated technologies and creative feedback from the Institute of Modern Arts (IMA). He will also receive professional mentorship on media art from Media Arts Asia Pacific (MAAP).

Lee says that he was inspired to create the piece after studying the works of French existentialist philosopher Jean Paul Sartre. He was motivated by Sartre’s work Nausea and focused his piece on the human transition of emotions, asking his friend to act out extracts from the novel as he filmed him.

Head of the Foundation Lisa George revealed the winner at the National Portrait Gallery. Other finalists included Untitled by Brett WalkerLeaving Lost by Frazer Bull-Clark, and Self by Stella Rosa McDonald. These will also be included in the Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award exhibition.

The award aims to encourage emerging artists to combine traditional portraiture concepts with the use of digital technology.

Other judges who critiqued submissions were National Portrait Gallery Senior Curator, Dr Christopher Chapman, and Director of Media Art Asia Pacific, Kim Machan.

Aleczander Bryan Gamboa |

Aleczander Bryan Gamboa is an intern for artsHub, who currently studies Journalism and Public Relations at Monash University. He is an interning fanatic, and has a passion for equal rights.

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