Two-time Archibald Prize finalist Julia Ciccarone has been awarded the 2021 ANZ People’s Choice award for her self-portrait The sea within, painted at home during the 2020 Melbourne lockdown in response to ‘radical changes affecting culture and nature’.
Based in Alphington, Victoria, the artist painted herself lying barefoot, with wet hair and clutching paint brushes in her hand, wrapped in a blanket from her childhood, and resting her head on a suitcase her father brought to Australia from Italy when he migrated in the 1950s.
Speaking from home, once again in lockdown, Ciccarone said she is humbled and astounded to have received this year’s ANZ People’s Choice award.
‘When I painted this work, life was intense and overwhelming. It’s hard to believe that we are still experiencing times of great uncertainty, more than a year on. I believe we share in a collective trauma. But the ocean – which features large in my life and art – is my healing place,’ said Ciccarone. Continue reading A POIGNANT SELF PORTRAIT WINS THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD