The Aesthetica Art Prize Countdown 2016: 6 Days to Go – Photography

The Aesthetica Art Prize showcases cutting-edge practice from today’s ground-breaking contemporary artists, celebrating all media, from drawing, painting and photography to sculpture, installation, video and performance. With 6 days to go until the Art Prize call for entries deadline, we highlight Maroesjka Lavigne’s photograph Blue Lagoon (2012), which was selected for publication in Future Now.

Lavigne travelled through Iceland for four months, a country that was unfamiliar to the artist in terms of light and colour, and how the snow held the country in its veil, creating a big white void. Wondering how this scene would look in wintertime, she decided to return for another month in January; cities looked like scale models seeking shelter from the bleak weather in the shadow of the mountains. In Blue Lagoon, it was Lavigne’s intention to express the dazzling and mesmerising moment that seems to stop time.

The Aesthetica Art Prize is open for entries until 31 August 2015. Prizes include £5,000 Main Prize courtesy of Hiscox, £1,000 Student Prize courtesy of Hiscox, a group exhibition in partnership with York Museums Trust, publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology, editorial in Aesthetica (186,000 readership worldwide), art books courtesy of Prestel, and art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton.

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1. Maroesjka Lavigne Blue Lagoon. Courtesy of the artist.