Art & Future exhibition

Art and Future: Energy, Climate, Cultures. An exhibition coinciding with the Art & Future symposium. Dunedin School of Art gallery, 10 – 21 October 2016

On opening night 13 October, 2016, I used a GoPro camera mounted above the posters alongside the projector to record the disappearance of the coal sack prints from the stack. The video captured some great footage so now for the post production! I’m hoping to use the edited video in an exhibition in the near future.

Melbourne residency

Embarking on a ten day residency in Melbourne was a fast and furious campaign to produce a series of screenprints in the RMIT print studio in a collaboration with Neil Emmerson. I was invited to participate in the Print Imaging Practice Residency as a member of The News Network during July 2016. This is a trans-Tasman nine member collaborative visual arts community, established in response to the spectre of Global Media. The RMIT Lightscape exhibition, BROADCAST, taking place during the residency proclaims a mixture of political and personal positions through images from the news and current affairs.

I was fortunate to have Neil’s local knowledge to guide me through the busy city. Trams moved us around with ease provided you delay morning departure until after 9am. The Real Australians Say Welcome street poster campaign by artist Peter Drew certainly drew my attention to immigration and the rich cultural diversity Melbourne has to offer. My brief sojourn did allow me to savor the delights of the Victoria Markets, see firsthand the Lightscape installation in the outdoor lightboxes and roam the dynamic array of galleries and shops in Fitzroy. All too soon my inspiring stay was over, but I will be back there again in the near future I hope.  Oh, and the prints from the residency are a work in progress with results to follow soon!

Aussie Peter Drew

Real Australians Say Welcome by Peter Drew

Art + Design exhibition

Weapons Culture

Weapons culture web

Weapons culture 2015, screenprint on Tiepolo and charcoal in etched glass reagent bottle

This work consists of two parts. The book, ‘The Weapons Culture’ by physicist Ralph E Lapp published in 1968, utilised in this work traces the rise of weapons culture and its domination on American society. I employ the burnt book in my art practice in a transformation that exposes the materiality of the physical, organic form to engage in altered perceptions of the frame in which the book was set. The process of transformation involves pyrolysis which reduces the book to an almost pure carbon state which is ground as charcoal and stored in the reagent bottle. A portion of charcoal pigment from the book is crushed into a paste based ink to screenprint a summary of expenditure per capita that reveals the contrast between military expenditure and arts funding. This information was sourced via the internet from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and the American National Endowment for the Arts and is cited at the base of the print.

The work was submitted as part of a group show at the H D Skinner Annex, Otago Museum to support the Art + Design Symposium held at the Dunedin School of Art 16-17 October 2015

Showing alongside this work was a print collaboration, UGANDA, produced by Neil Emmerson and me.

Art and Light

An exhibition celebrating the Unesco Year of Light 2015 that brings together scientists from the University of Otago and artists through the Dunedin School of Art. Kiri Mitchell and I teamed up with Janice Lord from the Botany Dept who specialises in night time pollinators in the Subantarctic Islands. We collaborated with braille transcribers Dave Allen and Paula Waby to produce an artists’ book of Dada poetry and the labels for the works in the show.

14 – 30 August at the H D Skinner Annex, Otago Museum.

Art Light 11 Art Light 14

Art Week

The OUSA Art Week saw the ‘Salon des femmes’ make an appearance at the Red Thread Gallery on 6 August, 2015. My work for this pop up show was documentation of an intervention at the art school a few weeks earlier on the day of a seminar on art and climate change. Printed paper towels with subtle messages about climate change were inserted into the paper towel dispensers in all the DSA public toilets.

climate 3

Red Thread

Shift work

shift work invite

Shift work is my first solo show at Inge Doesburg Gallery + Studio. The show features my series of reduction linocuts on the Dunedin Gasworks completed in 2013 and a new series of three monoprints that also reflect on the social history of Dunedin’s workforce.

Inge 1

Inge 3 Inge 2

Shadow Self

A group show with the Salon des Femmes in association with the Dunedin Fringe Festival 2015 at Mint Gallery, Moray Place, Dunedin from the 6th – 19th March. Each artist responded to the notion of ‘shadow self’ taken from the essay ‘Professions for Women’ by Virginia Woolf.

[Heading nowhere] in a Navy Blue Suit (detail)

[Heading nowhere] in a Navy Blue Suit (detail)

[Heading Nowhere] in a Navy Blue Suit, screenprints on Somerset Velvet paper, 28x76cm
The title is from an essay by Sue Kedgley that refers to women’s failed attempt to fit into a male corporate world. The shadow self is seen as what we deem to unconsciously deny in ourselves yet there are many women in history who have stood their ground. I recall playing dress ups as a young girl. Whether idolising screen stars or venerating the prowess of women through a myriad of media images, the notion of ‘dressing up’ allows the freedom to slip into anecdotes of the imagination and ultimately this affects our future. There are many legendary women that impact on our lives. Who has influenced yours?

Installation view with post it notes honouring women that have influenced the lives of the audience

Installation view with post it notes honouring women that have influenced the lives of the audience

Installation view from the opposite direction with images of myself 'dressing-up'

Installation view from the opposite direction with images of myself ‘dressing-up’



IMPressive V – Wansolwara: Print here and now

Nathan Homestead, Manurewa, Auckland, 28 October – 30 November, 2014

New Zealand Steel Gallery, Franklin Arts Centre, Pukekohe. 24 January – 24 February, 2015

Every inked image participates in a migration like shift from its start point, be that a plate, block, screen or file, to place(s) where it will be seen. The printed image sits on a new ground, always in the here and now, separated from, yet connected to its origins. All of us here in Aotearoa carry the legacy of recent or long distant migrations to the land of the long white cloud. We are connected to, and separated from, the rest of the world by salt water. We live close to the sea, it nourishes us, connects us to home and opens us up to discovery. The word ‘wansolwara’ comes from the Solomon Islands. The word comes from the pidgin dialect and literally means ‘one salt water’. The notion arising from this is one ocean, one people.

Carole Shepheard

screenprint on coasters

Coaster trading, 2014, screenprint on coasters. 

Along with the original, the coasters show the additions of the dairy cow, the for sale sign, the milk treatment plant and the swallows.

Navigating the aisles of mostly Chinese imported goods, I came across coasters reminding me of ‘Willow Pattern’ dinnerware. Originating in England, the willow pattern traditionally imitates a Chinese landscape and represents the first journey of migration. The coasters reveal no trace of origin on the packaging or coaster, but I assume, ironically, that they are a Chinese import, therefore a second migration. The coasters have undergone a further migration with the intervention of screenprinted imagery showing dairy farming, with a milk treatment plant looming large in the background. This alludes to Chinese investment here in New Zealand, depicting yet another form of migration. The swallows, appropriated from the common willow pattern design, are said to represent lovers. China / New Zealand relations have been somewhat contentious of late. Also too, the ‘coaster’ aptly refers to one living by the sea.

Coaster trading (detail)

Coaster trading (detail)