22 January 2010

Folded paper shelter wins art award

Lucie Hallenstein with her work, Paper Shelter, 2009. Photo credit: Mark Ashkanasy, RMIT Gallery 2009

Lucie Hallenstein with her work, Paper Shelter, 2009. Photo credit: Mark Ashkanasy, RMIT Gallery 2009.

RMIT University student and Boronia resident Lucie Hallenstein has been awarded a prestigious Siemens-RMIT Fine Art Awards Scholarship.

The Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art – Drawing) student won a $2,000 Undergraduate Scholarship to spend on travel for her artwork, entitled Paper Shelter.

“I am interested in creating shelters from the world that we live in, as life is getting more hectic and we have less time to wind down and just be,” she said.

“Just as children make cubby houses as a way of escaping the world they live in, adults too need space to concentrate on the inner or imagined world.”

Ms Hallenstein said that she was inspired by a book on folding architecture during experiments with an architecture class about how to use flat sheets of paper to create constructions.

“My paper construction is lots of paper stuck together and then hung a little like a cave or an igloo,” she said.

“I found it really inspiring to discover I could make things with paper that I hadn't really considered before. I wanted to explore the folding and how I could make something which turned out to be much larger than I originally intended and which acts like a shelter.

“The inside of the shelter is all white and is very subtle with the translucent paper. The folds mean that the play of light changes inside, so it has a meditative quality.”

Ms Hallenstein, whose work is represented in private collections in New York, London, Germany, New Zealand and Israel, said she planned to use her prize money to travel to the Mediterranean and spend time in “amazing places” such as Italy and Greece.

Now in their ninth year, the Siemens-RMIT Fine Art Scholarship Awards help RMIT Fine Art students further their careers by assisting their research and production costs.

This year the awards attracted more than 200 entries, with a shortlisted group of 43 artists exhibiting their work at RMIT Gallery. The exhibition ends on 23 January.

Chairman and Managing Director of Siemens Australia and New Zealand, Albert Goller, said: “Education, technology and above all, innovations are the lifeblood at Siemens and we foster a creative environment where ideas can develop and grow. We are proud to support the development of talent each year demonstrating innovative thinking through arts and creativity.”

For high-quality images of the artist and winning work, further information and general media enquiries: RMIT Gallery Media Coordinator, Evelyn Tsitas, (03) 9925 1716, 0418 139 015, or evelyn.tsitas@rmit.edu.au.