The three judges of Agendo Exhibition 2021 were unanimous in their decision when choosing Jessica Coldrey’s Pet Drone #1 as the winning artwork. They shared their enthusiasm for the work with an appreciation of its clever concept and elements of the absurd fused with societies contemporary obsession with emotionally loaded modern technology.
Coldrey’s entry, Pet Drone #1 was a standout for its relatively simple visual statement, but underlying and slightly menacing allusions to the growing dependency by modern society on technology. The carefully composed image showed a proficient understanding of the chosen medium (photography) and a clear vision for her expression - a most engaging work.
The work was carefully staged and balanced with attention to detail in the costume employed and the neutral pink background. There is also a stark irony in who is in control - the human or the machine.
2021 Agendo Award Judges: Dr Robert Haysom, Mr Kevin Boyd & Mr Philip Davey