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‘Kenosis’ wins a Blake

An Indian artist has won the 64thBlake Prize,oneof Australia’s oldest and most prestigious art prizes.

Yardena Kurulkar, won the $35,000 art prize, for her work depictingher heartdecaying into nothing througha series of 15panels.

The prize,which is aimed at sparking conversations about religion and culture, moved to theCasula Powerhouse Arts Centre last year.

In the work titled Kenosis, 2015,Kurulkar created a terracotta replica of her heart,with the help of a 3D printer.

The winning entry in the 64th Blake Prize, “Kenosis, 2015” by Indian artist Yardena Kurulkar.

“The heart is the first organ to develop in a fetus,” she said.”I use water to portray the passage of time and also as an agent of purging.

“I let the viewer see what remains of this union – a heart-shaped something, a mere lump of clay.”

Professor Amanda Lawson, executive dean of the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts at the University of Wollongong, named Kurulkar winner of the 2016prize, at the Casula Powerhouse on Friday.

She also announced that the winner of The Blake Emerging Artist is Damien Shen with his work On the fabric of the Ngarrindjeri Body and the winner of The Blake Residency Prize is Robert Hague with his work The Messenger.

Professor Amanda Lawson, one of the judges, names Yardena Kurulkar 2016 Blake Prize winner.

Professor Lawson said the prize had always shifted over time to reflect changing values in society.

“We [the judges] had thedifficult task of narrowing it down to the 80-odd finalists is anindication of how much interest there is today in the spiritual and religious in art, and the capacity ofartto discuss the important matters in society.

“The judges felt [the winning work] was outstanding because it shows significant artistic complexity and as well as spiritual power.”

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun said it was an honourto have the 64thBlake Prize housedin the Casula Powerhouse.

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun says he is honoured to have The Blake Prize in Liverpool. Picture: Simon Bennett

“It is a match made in heaven when you look at the wonderful things we have in the Liverpool region,” Mr Mannounsaid.

“We have over 150 nationalities live in Liverpool and over 150 languages are spoken through the streets –the world lives here.”

The 2016 Blake Prize attractedmore than 590 entries from artists of a range of religious and cultural backgrounds.

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