Christopher’s graphite images are made on coated paper. They are based on 17th century Dutch still-life painting, a preoccupation of his that began with straightforward transpositions of iconic works, but which became a sustained imaginative inquiry. A clear intention of the Dutch genre is to display wealth and power, colonialist expansionism, and beauty, and the more the artist looked, the more this contradiction came to reflect a ‘coming of age’ of capitalism and materialism. This recognition prompted him to consider contemporary implications of the genre by disrupting the beauty of the various tableaux through the addition of anachronistic elements that suggested modern-day exploitation, conflict, and protectionism.
Check his shortlisted works, The Thief, Skirmish, Shadowy and DMZ Still Life, in the Shortlisted Artists section below.
Emma Elliott is a British sculptor whose central concerns are the incongruous and hypocritical aspects of humanity and the impermanence and fragility of the natural world. In her work, she explores the relationships between the refined and the primitive, the physical and the spiritual, our collective past and present behaviour. Emma believes that artists have a duty to grapple with society and its elements of rigidity and puritanism, and that artists are in a special position to form non-verbal connections on important issues.
Check her shortlisted work, Wry?No!, in the Shortlisted Artists section below.
Eunmi is mainly interested in sensory perception and its corresponding communication. Her works tend to be self-reflective and research-driven while also being related to her scientific and medical interests, reflecting on cognition, neural activity, sensory deprivation, and sensorial and therapeutic experience.
Check her shortlisted work, Me-Time (4.0): Mindfulness-Introspection-Void, in the Shortlisted Artists section below.