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Tweed Heads artist wins Gold Coast prize

Hiromi Tango, Sea Tears 2014 wall sculpture using Neon, perspex, wool, donated fabric, paper, wire 180 x 150 x 15cm. Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

Hiromi Tango, Sea Tears 2014 wall sculpture using Neon, perspex, wool, donated fabric, paper, wire 180 x 150 x 15cm. Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

Tweed Heads-based artist Hiromi Tango has been awarded the Gold Coast Art Prize 2015 for her work Sea Tears, which has been dubbed ‘a Berocca for the senses’.

The Prize’s 2015 Judge Nick Mitzevich, who is director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, commended Hiromi on the work.

‘One can’t escape the energy and vitality of Sea Tears by Hiromi Tango. A cultural collision of her Japanese heritage and her most recent experiences in Australia contribute to this unmissable work,’ Mr Mitzevich said.

‘Operating as both a 3D sculpture and a wall work – too much is never enough for Hiromi Tango!’ he added.

‘Like a Berocca for the senses, Tango seduces us into her mad and obsessive collecting. Like a bowerbird, she mines her immediate surroundings and experiences to create works that are both autobiographical and take the pulse of contemporary society. Thematically this work is a tour de force for the Gold Coast’s legacy of sea, sun and surf,’ Mr Mitzevich said.

The winning artwork has been acquired for the Gold Coast City Collection.

Voting continues for the $1,000 People’s Choice Award.

Gold Coast Art Prize 2015 is on display at Gold Coast City Gallery, Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise, until 31 January.


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