The Hix Award has rapidly grown since it began in 2013, to become one of London's most vibrant, versatility and accessible art awards. The winner recieved £10,000 cash to go towards studio costs and a solo exibiton next year. The award is a showcase for the emerging UK artists. The panel of 30 judges included Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk, Stephen Webster, Dylan Jones and Mark Hix.
The Peoples Choice Award winner was Mathilde Heu, with her work, Epicentre, 2018. This is a steel and bone piece involving conduction transducers. The viewer is encouraged to interact with the piece by placing their elbows onto the conducting points on the steel cube. 'Epicentre explores porosity and how the passing of the sound shifts one's body between interior and exterior'.
The runner up was Byungchan Kim, and his artwork Paranoid Paradise, 2018. This consists of walking sticks, wooden plates, and Japanese Knotweed tea. The story behind this one is really interesting, as it took inspiration from the tragic murder/ suicide case of Dr McRae in the West Midlands in 2013. 'The unusual case saw a scientist become so paranoid with the presence of Japanese Knotweed on a nearby golf course infesting his land that he killed his partner and then took his own life'. The artist was inspired by how Japanese Knotweed can cause such paranoia in the UK by destroying property and their value, yet in Japan it's a medicinal ingredient. His work is below.
The winner of the Hix Award 2018 was Elizabeth Eade, with her piece 'Die Liste' in on paper, which is an extensive handwritten scroll, representing 33,305 names of the refugees that died trying to access Europe. 'The extent of the migrant crisis is overwhelming, Eade intended the peice to be an analogy of the vastness of the problem and address our very human inability to comprehend the sheer scale.' In the gallery it was positioned across the celling, which made for an alternative use of space. See her work below:
My work, The Reconstruction of Sculpture, 2017, was positioned in the corner of the gallery with the ability to view both sides of the work, and the welding marks that create the intricate pattern and connect with the labour involved. This piece explores the act of painting as sculpture, merging the boundaries of both mediums to explore materiality and process. It's a process-led work where the manipulation of the materials dictate the visual aesthetic.