Kate Bohunnis has been announced as the winner of this year’s $100,000 Ramsay Art Prize, the nation’s most generous prize for Australian artists under forty, with the work edges of excess. The winning work is a kinetic sculpture. A pendulum, made from metal and fabricated by the artist herself, swings over a slumped fleshy form made from silicone. The sculpture references divination tools used in spiritual healing introduced to the artist as a child.
Bohunnis’ award-winning work is currently on display alongside the entries of all twenty-four finalists at the Art Gallery of South Australia until 22 August 2021.
The finalists are: Hoda Afshar (VIC), Cigdem Aydemir (NSW), Ella Barclay (ACT), Nathan Beard (WA), Kate Bohunnis (SA), Sam Cranstoun (QLD), Dean Cross (NSW), Zaachariaha Fielding (SA), Liam Fleming (SA), Julia Gutman (NSW), Solomon Kammer (SA), Kieren Karritpul (NT), Juanella McKenzie (SA), Daniel McKewen (QLD), Alasdair McLuckie (VIC), Hayley Millar Baker (VIC), Nabilah Nordin (VIC), Tom O’Hern (TAS), Tom Polo (NSW), Anna Madeleine Raupach (ACT), Anna Louise Richardson (WA), Lisa Sammut (ACT), Nicola Smith (NSW) and Kasia Tons (SA).
The exhibition also included a People’s Choice Prize supported by sponsor Lipman Karas. The People’s Choice Prize is a non-acquisitive cash prize of $15,000 chosen by a public vote and announced on Friday 13 August 2021.
For more information, see https://www.agsa.sa.gov.au/whats-on/ramsay-art-prize/ramsay-art-prize-2021/.