We're proud of fine arts graduate and alumna Elle Plank (2009-2010) whose work has been selected as one of the 39 Travelling Finalists in this year's Wallace Art Awards. Elle's work was selected from 524 entries.

Elle says that being a finalist is huge for her career. "The Wallace Art Awards is one of the major events in the New Zealand arts scene and to be named as a finalist so early in my career is absolutely amazing."

Elle's Travelling Finalist work, desks, is a stop motion animation focusing on graphic design practice in UC's School of Fine Arts' Ilam studio, illustrating creative portraits of the desks' owners.

Wallace Art Awards jury representative Lynda Tyler paid tribute to Elle's talent. "Her style is whimsical, subtle and clever form of portraiture using time-consuming stop motion. It's a sophisticated grasp of illusion and whimsy that makes the film humorous without being cute. Very impressive technically," Lynda says.

Now based in Auckland, Elle says that she's enjoying working for herself. "It's an utterly satisfying and exciting feeling. I'm working on making my own dreams come true, not someone else's. After graduating from UC, I wasn't sure what to do. I thought maybe I'd work in advertising, in a design studio or maybe in television. But I've discovered that I can work on my art all by myself. I'm happy to say that I'm now freelancing as a video artist and designer whilst continuing to make work fit for galleries and art exhibitions."

Click here to watch Elle's stop animation work, desks.

Elle PlankElle's stop motion animation impressed the judges

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