With entries now open for the 2016 Montalto Sculpture Prize, we’ve asked 2014 winner Adam Stone to reflect on his work that won and explain how the prize helped his career.
Adam’s latest work can be viewed on his website.
You won the MSP for A Fall from Grace (Self Portrait Crash), why did you create the piece?
I made the work because I believed it was an appropriate representation of my investigation into hubris. I thought by taking the conventions of the hero in classical sculpture and literally inverting them by creating a crashing figure, I could open up a dialogue about over confidence and our intrinsic relationship with it. Although the work depicts myself crashing while skating, I hope that the image can open up a wider and more universal dialogue about environmental, political, social etc. forms of hubris.
How has your view if that work changed since winning the prize in 2014?
The work represents a really important moment in my artistic practice where the ideas that I had been struggling with all seemed to come together and make sense. At the time I was 21 and studying Honours so it was a monumental financial commitment to produce the work, especially when my lecturers were advising against it. It was really rewarding to see the work outdoors on Montalto’s beautiful property where it really activated the work, making it seem as if it fell from the sky. I still enjoy visiting the work.
How important was the win to you career?
Being a recent graduate at the time, it was phenomenally affirming for my confidence. From the prize I have sold the remaining two editions of the work and had the opportunity to upscale a smaller work as a private commission. The prize money enabled me to participate in residencies later that year in Beijing and New York, as well as a research trip through Europe. It also contributed to the fabrication cost of a new work out of marble.
What are you currently working on?
I’m just finishing up an up scaling of a smaller falling figure I had in a show earlier in the year for a private collector. I’m also working towards two solo shows in the first half of next year where I’m going to be exhibiting some new non figurative works incorporating electronic components.
How has your art developed since winning the prize?
Although it might not seem like it, I feel that my practice has developed dramatically since MSP 2014. I’m working towards widening the scope of my work and looking to more conceptual and perhaps abstracted ways to continue my investigation into hubris. I think this will be a nice counterbalance to my figurative works, which I intend to continue developing and pushing.