Major prize winner Frederic Berjot of Tallai
Major prize winner Frederic Berjot of Tallai

Winner wraps it up

By RACHEL SCOLLAY

GOLD COAST artist Frederic Berjot has spent years doing nudes, but two years ago with his wife on the 'brink of death', he changed his focus. "My wife got extreme- ly sick and it made me look at my work differ- ently," said the French- man. "Now I find myself draping and putting clothes on everything. I've been collecting photos of people dress-

ing to protect them- selves, from Islamic women wearing chadors to scientists in biological suits." Accepting the grand prize of $15,000 at the Thursday Plantation Sculpture Show on Sat- urday for Echo ? his sculpture of seven life-sized female figures concealed in Islamic cha- dors ? Berjot dedicated the win to his wife. He said his fascina- tion with Islamic culture was due to his urban French upbringing,

where he played soccer with boys from northern Africa and later from having a workshop in Surrey Hills right next door to a Mosque. In terms of the cur- rent political climate he said he wanted to force people to think more about things. However, the sculp- ture was first and fore- most poetic. "One of the judges thought it was boat people emerging from a swamp. But it's seven women in a land- scape," he said.



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