Congratulations to LVI pupil, Alice Wade, who has won second prize in the SPoKE Art Documentary Competition 2017 with her short film, Yayoi Kusama's Obliteration Room. The competition challenges students to link the visual and the verbal in an imaginative and creative manner, underpinned by solid academic research.
In this visually beautiful film, narrated by Alice, she explores the inspiration behind Yayoi Kusama’s Obliteration Room – an installation comprising a completely white living room, where visitors are invited to obliterate the sterility with multi-coloured dot stickers. Kusama’s Obliteration Room was first commissioned by the Queensland Gallery in Australia and has since been reproduced in gallery spaces around the world. Alice explores the use of circles by artists and looks at what inspired Kusama to create the Obliteration Room in this striking and fascinating short film. Alice explained what had motivated her to make the film:
“Over the Christmas holidays we visited Copenhagen and I was inspired by Kusama’s exhibition in the Louisiana Museum. I made the film in a couple of days and edited it while travelling back to school after the holidays. Making the film gave me the opportunity to expand my awareness about art and engage with the interests of this particular artist.”
Alice won £100 at the Finalists’ Award ceremony, held on 23rd February. The competition, set up by St Mary’s Ascot and co-sponsored by Art History Abroad, was open to any pupil in Years 11-13 and the judges for this year’s competition were: Abigail Harrison-Moore (Head of History of Art, Leeds University); Tim Porter (producer: Neverland); Rupert Isaacson (author and producer: The Horse Boy) and Nick Ross (director of Art History Abroad). Alice, who will be taking A Levels at St Mary’s Calne next year in Art, Chinese and English, found it particularly useful speaking with Abigail Harrison-Moore at the awards evening, who gave her advice about applying to different Art Schools.
To view Alice’s award-winning film, click here