Claude Jones, "Cultural Persuit" 120 x 188.5 cm, mixed media on canvas, 2011
Claude Jones, "Cultural Persuit", has been selected to recieve the 37th Alice Prize, 2012 with a acquisitive award of $25,000! The judge is Nick Mitzevich, Director of the Art Gallery of South. Australia.
Claude Jones’s latest body of poignant and provocative works, expose man’s duplicitous treatment of animals. By perversely transposing animals as both perpetrators and victims in her images she focuses on man’s double standards. The irony is that animals do not drug, cage and torture one another, train others to fight, race, perform tricks or slaughter en masse. Nor do they subscribe to the belief that circus animals take pleasure in performing, that greyhounds and horses enjoy racing, and that hunting is a "sport". The pursuits of the huntin’, shootin’ and fishin’ sector for whom animals are fair game, and the spoils destined as wall trophies or even novelty golf club cover s are pilloried in works like the large canvas, Cultural pursuit.
The 37th Alice Prize will open on Friday 11th May 2012 at the Araluen Arts Centre NT. The exhibition will run from Sat 12th May to Sunday 10th June 2012