Wyss wins the £1,000 award and a specially commissioned pencil case made using oak from Ruskin’s Forest in Bewdley. Her two large etchings meticulously constructed from digital images of human bones, are currently on display with the other shortlisted works in an exhibition in Ruskin’s former Lake District home. They will also be included in a winter exhibition Force of Nature at Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery.
The judges, Clive Wilmer, Master of the Guild of St George; Howard Hull, Director Brantwood Trust; and Sue Grayson Ford, Director of the Campaign for Drawing were joined by Hayley Skipper, Curator – Arts Development, Forestry Commission England.
Grayson Ford commented: “Carol’s huge etchings strikingly emphasised the cycle of growth and decay, reflecting concerns for the future of our environment. Carol’s work certainly satisfies Ruskin’s entreaty to engage more fully with the world around us through observation and drawing.”
The Campaign for Drawing is a charity which raises the profile of drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement. The John Ruskin Prize is a new art award launched by the Campaign for Drawing in collaboration with the Guild of St George. Its aim is to discover artists who take a fresh look at the natural world, and whose work encourages the viewer to share their sense of discovery.