CONNECTED Art Exhibition 2016
Colleen Pearce presented the Public Advocate’s Prize at the CONNECTED Art Exhibition launch, 10 October.
The prize was awarded to Justine Martin for her illustration, ‘More Than Is Seen’.
Each year the Public Advocate awards a Prize to an artwork that best demonstrates the spirit of the Office of the Public Advocate. Martin received 500 dollars and a framed certificate.
'More Than Is Seen’ is a self-portrait that demonstrates both positive and negative aspects of the artists’ life. In her hair Martin has inscribed words, such as gracious, dynamic, frustration and fatigue.
On her breast she wears the words 'Conviction, Commitment and Courage.' The Public Advocate said, “These three words best describe many of the people with disability I have come across in my journey as Victoria’s Public Advocate.”
From country Victoria, Martin was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis in 2011. While the disease stopped Martin from working, she quickly took to a life as an artist after her neurologist suggested she try painting for therapy. Her work is on display at galleries in Drysdale where she lives.
Hosted by State Trustees, the CONNECTED exhibition encourages emerging artists with a disability or mental illness to present their work publically.
The exhibition is in its 14th year and can be viewed at the Atrium in Federation Square until October 21. To watch a short film on the exhibition launch, click here >