A shawdow box has won an intellectually handicapped Dunedin
woman third prize in a national art competition.
Melania Smith (20) was third in the 2013 IHC Art Awards with
her shadow box Civet Box, which was constructed of
overlaid transparencies of a civet skeleton.
''I saw a picture of a civet in a book and copied it,'' she
said. Miss Smith received her prize at an awards night at the
Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington last weekend. She was
accompanied by her parents, Neil and Christine Smith.
She won $1000 and later sold the work at an auction for $700.
''I'm going to use the money to visit my sister Emma in
Brisbane,'' she said.
''We're all so proud of Mel,'' Idea Services support worker
Holly Aitchison said yesterday.
Not that Miss Smith is resting on her laurels. She was back
at work at Art Space this week making a latex horn to wear at
There were 450 entries in this year's IHC Art Awards, which
started in 2004.
The other Otago finalists were Eion Ireland (Bison)
and Robert Jones (Sydney Opera House), of Art Space,
Dunedin, Shane Armistead (Deer), Chris Tavite
(Self-Portrait) and Shannon Thompson (The Bright
Side), of Studio 2, in Dunedin, and Lachlan Young (I
Love Making Rugs), of Balclutha.