12 May 2017
Naomi Avsec receives the Clifford Chance/University of the Arts London Sculpture Award 2017
The Clifford Chance/University of the Arts London Sculpture Award 2017 has been given to Wimbledon College of Arts graduate, Naomi Avsec. As the recipient of the award, Naomi has recieved a total of £3750 to create her winning proposal, which will be displayed in the reception of Clifford Chance's Canary Wharf office for the next six months.
Naomi Avsec’s successful proposal, Assorted Fruit, brings Nature inside, complementing the building's architecture and softening the angular glass and steel lines that dominate the reception area and approach. Her sculpture takes a symbolic, abstract form of a tree, where in the place of fruit or leaves hang a mass of individual, fluttering 2-D portraits of some of the firm's employees. In this way, the artwork is 'peopled', bringing it to life and involving the Clifford Chance community.
The Clifford Chance Art Group, who selected Naomi Avsec from a shortlist compiled by the University, responded to the clarity of her proposal. They thought that her concept represented all they want to achieve with the Award; involving all of the firm's personnel in supporting the very best practice by a recent art graduate.
Naomi's non-hierarchical approach, her technical and highly distinctive skills in portrait painting, and ability to carry through and realise her original concept has resulted in the creation of a spectacular art installation. The buy-in by staff offering to have their portraits painted has been over-whelming, and demonstrates how, with a thoughtfully conceived idea, an artist can encourage active participation in the arts.
Commenting on receiving the Award, Naomi Avsec said, "I am delighted to have been selected for the Award. It is an exciting and encouraging opportunity to develop my practice further and see the seed of my proposal germinate through to the final installation. It has been an honour to work with the Clifford Chance community, a fascinating window into a world unlike my own. As an artist I have thoroughly enjoyed getting my teeth into a project that has stretched me creatively and taken me to undiscovered waters."
With the Award now in its 13th year, Clifford Chance is delighted to demonstrate its ongoing support for the artists completing their studies at the UAL London’s art schools.