Elizabeth Price, award winning video artist, is known for using clutter and collage in order to explore the way people approach consumer culture. The artist was officially awarded the Turner Prize this month.
Outside of being an artist, Price is also the co-founder of the eighties indie-pop group Talulah Gosh beating out three other finalists to take home the 25,000 Turner award that is given out to one British artist every year under the age of fifty. The judges were awe-inspired by Price’s video installations that were said to be ‘immersive and seductive’ and combine music, images, and text.
The Woolworths Choir of 1979 piece cleverly juxtaposed news footage of a department store blaze with musical girl groups and church architecture. A different work titled ‘West Hinder’ was inspired by a ship that sank to the ocean floor in 2002 along with its cargo of luxury cars.
Price first started making films just a few years ago, but the judges said that even though she had only been at work for three years she was already showing some stunning results.
As part of her official acceptance speech Price explained that her career would not be possible with the support for public arts and acknowledged that the other short listed artists were also quite impressive. She went to say that her nomination would help her reach out to larger audiences and the prize money would help to continue her artistic career.
Price was just one of two video and film artists that were considered as a finalist for the Turner prize. The other was Luke Fowler. Spartacus Chetwynd who was also nominated got the most notice for his work creating a collage that was inspired from pop culture characters. All four final nominees will have their work on display at the Tate Britain through the first week of January.