PPC has announced creator, Mignon Daubermann, as the Overall Winner of the 2015/2016 PPC Imaginarium Awards. Daubermann created a pair of tinted cement rings set wuth gemstones and shaped into organic forms inspired by human anatomy. She has won R150 000 in prize money.
The winner was announced at a Gala Event held at UJ Art Gallery in Aukland Park, Johannesburg, on Thursday 03 March 2016. Her pieces were first selected as a Finalist out of 660 entries, before going on to win the Jewellery Category Prize. Daubermann’s entry competed against the other four Category Winners across the disciplines of Film, Industrial Design, Fashion and Sculpture (there was no Architecture Category winner this year) to scoop the Overall Winner prize.
The PPC Imaginarium Awards challenges entrants to innovate with cement and use concrete as a medium of expression. Daubermann’s intriguing, conceptually-related rings play on the idea that both concrete and human bones are resilient as well as fundamental for the strength of the entire physical entity – be it a human body or structure. Her concept, execution and “unique technical use of pigmented concrete and silver” are what impressed the judges. According to this independent jury, consisting of industry heavyweights such as Cathy O’Clery of Platform Creative Agency and renowned Fine Artists Stephen Hobbs and Wilma Cruise, to name but a few, Daubermann’s rings show a “simplicity and elegance of design” that is both “refined and conceptual, eye-catching and beautiful!”
The PPC Imaginarium Awards are incredibly relevant to the South African art and design context as a platform for promoting emerging talent. In addition, the competition has a core focus on innovation. It looks to the future of cement and seeks to progressively further the role of concrete in our society because it is one of the key components of our current and projected built environments.
Says Van der Merwe: “We would like to extend our congratulations to Mignon Daubermann for exceeding the expectations of concrete in such a captivating way with these pieces of wearable art. And because the standard of this year’s entries is exceptional, we need to particularly acknowledge all the finalists and cordially invite the public to come and appreciate their stimulating, exciting work!”
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/africa-middle-east/16032016/ppc-imaginarium-awards-winner-announced-701/