Selena de Carvalho was awarded the Dr Harold Schenberg Art Prize in 2016.
Artist Selena de Carvalho pictured at PICA receiving the 2016 Schenberg Art Fellowship.
"Ecological Haunts responds to a perceived lack of empathy and the cultural/social denial of grief regarding the legacy of ecologically destructive behaviours, with specific focus on the impact on non-human sentient entities, including animals and plants."
"Receiving the Schenberg Art Prize is such a privilege, especially in the current climate for of Arts funding. This incredible support will extend and enable my practice in an accelerated manner that is so exciting. My plan is to keep exploring new ideas and making experimental work.
"My practice responds to notions of personal ecology and human interaction with the environment, often relating to the perceived consumption of wilderness and lived experiences of wildness, focusing on the core paradox of how we (humanity) yearn for the untamed, and yet in our desire to the experience the wild consciously or unconsciously seek to control it. This paradox operates as a framework for deeper inquiry within my cross disciplinary practice.
"This scholarship will provide the freedom to travel, research, take risks and invest time in connecting these ideas and ideologies with creative peers, in new environments with expanded audiences."