2018 Ruqayyah Ibourki Ekphrasis

Poetry Competition

Created and sponsored by Abdul Ibourki and administered by the Goulburn Valley Writers Group Inc. 

Featuring the work ‘Connecting Waters’ by Yorta Yorta artist Troy Firebrace

This competition will be judged by selected members of the Goulburn Valley Writers Group Inc.

and the Dungala Kaiela Writing Awards.

First Prize:          $300

Second Prize:    $200

Third Prize:        $100

Using the image of ‘Connecting Waters’ by Troy Firebrace,

produce a poem or literary description of the work

to a maximum of 16 lines.

About Troy

The art work will be on display at Kaiela Arts for the month of July.

Painting Image

                    Title: Connecting Waters

                    Artist: Troy Firebrace

                    Medium: Acrylic on canvas - Measurements: L 160cm x H 120cm

                    Artist statement:
                    The waters of the land all connect together, all related, all following the same path.
                    Even though the rivers, creeks and waterholes have their own story and their own character they share
                    the same journey, bear the same responsibility. This is the same for us as humans, as people. Sharing
                    the same roads and pathways, seemingly going about our business that is unique to the individual but
                    as you take a step back to widen your view you realize we are all aiming for the same goal regardless of
                    colour, religion, culture or status.

                    This artwork reflects this way of life. With the ability to see the work up close to admire the individuality
                    in the brushstrokes, the imperfections and the unique linework that takes on a journey of its own. Staring
                    into the circles which we meet to share stories that twist, turn and melt. Watching the branches of the river
                    banks stretch out from those circles to reach to the next generations, to their neighbour, regardless of colour
                    only seen as gold of value, of worth, in hopes they too can hear the stories, finally flowing into the river and
                    soil creating layers and layers in history.

                    Upon taking a step back you see a neighbouring section of the artwork that shares almost the same
                    characteristics but has its own imperfections that tells its own story. Another step, another and another you
                    start to see the artwork coming together, with each individual section joining together forming into the
                    visual meaning of co-existence.


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