I felt really honored to be recognised as a finalist amongst a group of talented artists. When I was announced the winner, I was completely shocked.
Winning the prize has changed my life. It gave me more confidence knowing that I can move people without using words and reassurance that I was on the right path. The prize money itself helped with my final year of studies and gave me access to materials that I didn't have the funds to purchase prior.
Winning the SSCP opened doors that I could have never imagined. Prior to entering, I was planning to do honours, then move to the UK and do another course (an extra 2 years of study). I've now moved to Sydney, working at Mud Australia as a Retail Support Coordinator, working closely with our 10 global retail stores. I've got a new set of challenges and gaining experience in areas separate to my creative practice, which I'm really enjoying.
Covid in Melbourne really zapped my creativity, so I’ve been taking a short break, documenting my current experiences and making textiles. I look forward to approaching my creative practice with a fresh perspective.