2012 Metropolitan winner: Mei Sheong Wong
Artwork: 'Heavy Metal'
Mei has created a series of bas-relief sculptures using free standing copper sheets which have been etched with sketches of OZ Minerals personnel, infrastructure and equipment, as well as the arid desert landscape. Mei has transformed the surface of copper plates using a variety of printmaking techniques that use chemical solutions to imprint lasting images into the copper.
Mei had the unique opportunity to spend a week as an ‘artist in residence’ at Prominent Hill in December last year, enabling her to experience first hand life at a working mine site. Mei spoke to employees at Prominent Hill about their experiences before sketching their portraits and surrounding environments. Mei is planning to visit Prominent Hill again to show the etched copper plates to staff next year.
SALA exhibition location:
Mei’s artworks are part of a joint exhibition titled ‘Heavy Metal’ at the Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre in Adelaide until 26 August 2012. Her images feature alongside artworks from Suzie Lockery, Lorelei Medcalf and Joshua Seorsa.
Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre
Lion Arts Centre
Corner North Tce and Morphett St
Adelaide SA 5000
Artist documentary - SALA Festival Art Lovers
Watch the SALA Festival Art Lovers documentary on artist Mei Sheong Wong.
Mei talks about her experience and background in printmaking. Mei explains how she used copper plates and print making techniques to create her 2012 OZ Minerals copper sculpture award.
Photos of copper plates from Mei's 'Heavy Metal' exhibition