Loique Allain won the 2013 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards with her large format linocut, and we are catching up with her to hear what she has been up to since the prize in 2013.
Bull Creek Road, linocut, Loique Allain
You won the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award Prize 2013, how did the prize money help support your art practice?
The prize money contributed to my residency and travel to France. At the end of 2013 I participated in a three month residency at Atelier Countrepoint in Paris. Reflecting on this residency, I believe it was a very important experience for me as an emerging artist. The prize money allowed me to experience and further my artistic development with a unique printmaking technique. The residency provided opportunities, to immerse myself in the creative processes and activities with the support of peers. This prize money was a valued contribution to my project. I am grateful to the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award Prize.
Cape Heart, Copper engraving, Loique Allain
Since 2013 I see that you have travelled to Europe to participate in artist residencies, can you tell us a bit about your time abroad and give us an idea how your work has progressed from these experiences?
As a result of this residency, I was able to network not only with the artists working at Atelier Contrepoint but other artists in France. New opportunities and relationships developed during my residency. By the end of my residency I decided to stay in France for 2014 to travel, work and explore more of the country. During the residency I was able to continue to learn French and connect with my French heritage. These experiences of working with other artists, learning new techniques, traveling and immersing myself in the culture and language my work progressed visually, technically and conceptually. In February 2014 I had a successful exhibition at Atelier 4 in Nantes with another French printmaker, Gregoire Aillet. This exhibition included new works I created in Paris and three large-scale lino prints. While residing in Paris I met Astrid de la Forest another French Printmaker. Astrid invited me to work in her studio at Thomery in the Forest of Fountainbleu. I worked in her studio for ten days in Feburary 2014. During my stay at Thomery I created new linocuts in response to the Forest of Fontainebleau.
Cape Heart ,Kangaroo Island, Linocut, Loique Allain
You received a solo exhibition as part of your prize in 2013, what can we expect from your upcoming exhibition in August at Gallery Lane Cove?
I will be showing my colour engraving prints, that I worked on at Atelier Countrepoint in Paris and other works from France. I will also be showing prints that I am currently working on and some from previous years. These are mainly large-scale lino prints that are about my immersion into place.
Corrugated Shed, Kangaroo Island #2, Copper engraving, Loique Allain
What’s next for you and do you have any projects planned for the future?
I am currently undertaking my Honours year at the University of Tasmania, which has been a very challenging and inspiring time. I am planning to do some residencies next year hopefully in the Torres Strait and another one on the main land.
Thanks Loique for letting us know how the award has lead to some exciting opportunities. It’s great to see that the award money has helped Loique continue her journey in art making.
The Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards 2015 is coming up soon in August so get working on your entries. Entries are due: 1st August 2015
Download your entry forms from the Gallery website.