Category Archives: 2013

Sculpture on the Peninsula

Carbon boots

Carbon Boots, Recycled, pulped newspaper, fabric and clay transformed into charcoal. 19 x 24 x 32 cm each pair x 7

Carbon Boots, charcoal, 19 x 24 x 32 cm each pair x 7. Situated on the historic Louden homestead verandah.

Sculpture on the Peninsula is a biennial event that takes place at the historic Louden Farm, Teddington on Christchurch’s Banks Peninsula. The event is a weekend fundraiser for Cholmondeley in Governor’s Bay and is hosted by the Lombardy Charitable Trust.

Work boots are regarded as possessing a tough, reliable durability, offering comfort and trusted protection. They are synonymous with the physical production associated with the manual labourer working on the land or employed in industry. Increasingly, however, work boots represent the human contact with the earth in the rescue and rehabilitation of environmental damage. Through concerns that our living world is in crisis, the fragile Carbon boots are created from recycled newspaper and transformed into charcoal works that retain the carbon content in the newspaper. The ephemerality of charcoal communicates the impermanence of life and the reality of human existence in a consumerist world.

Opening night 8 November 2013

Opening night 8 November 2013

Also among the fifty-five artists taking part in the event were friends, Jane Armour and Liz Rowe whose works feature below.


Jane Armour

Jane Armour

Liz Rowe

Liz Rowe

other echoes

Midden life crisis

other echoes at the Dunedin Botanic Gardens

other echoes at the Dunedin Botanic Gardens

‘other echoes’ – a group show curated by Jamie Hanton in association with the Blue Oyster Art Project Space with support from  the Dunedin Botanic Gardens and the Dunedin City Council.

The artists involved in the show created interventions within chosen spaces of the Gardens. Cath Cocker’s ‘playful’ Watershed was situated near the children’s playground while Clare Fleming chose the Eucalyptus tree section to comment on her trans Tasman connections. Charlotte Parallel introduced mini man-made mineral laboratories able to withstand arid conditions in the rock garden, while the information centre was inhabited with the ornithological study of a ‘rare’ bird by Nina van der Voorn.

My work, Midden life crisis, was situated inside the herb garden. A one metre, circular pit was dug out and filled with the gasified, charcoal remains of seeds. For the duration of the show, the pit was constantly monitored and topped up with the cyclic harvest and charcoal making of more seeds as they came to fruition. The herb garden allows for sampling and so I expected some seeds would be taken away or would be subjected to the elements. Their delicate composition meant they also crushed easily. The two month long exhibition made me acutely aware of the changing seasons in being on the constant lookout for ripened seeds. I saw this work as a sustainable project that reflects on human dependence and finite use of fossil fuels and the desperate need to take action in seeking alternative energy sources.

Installation in the herb garden

Installation in the herb gardenThe week after the openingMidden life crisis, 2013. The week after the opening

On the opening day of the exhibition which coincided with the Garden’s 150th celebrations, I held a charcoal drawing workshop with my home made charcoal. It was a fun day with messy, black fingers everywhere!

Midden life crisis (detail)

Midden life crisis (detail)

Midden poppy Midden tree peony

Midden gumnuts

Midden life crisis, 2013

Midden life crisis, 2013

Art & Money


Following four highly successful symposia held at the Dunedin School of Art – ‘Illustrating the Unseeable: Reconnecting Art and Science’ (2009), ‘Art and Law’ (2010) ‘Art and Medicine’ (2011), and ‘Art and Food’ (2012) – the Dunedin School of Art and Brandbach organised a further Symposium, ‘Art and Money’, in August 2013.

The symposium included an exhibition at the Dunedin School of Art gallery.

Installation view 'Art & Money' with works by Pamela Brown and Kerry McKay (foreground), Blair Kennedy and Andrea McSweeney, Marion Wassenaar, and Andrew Hurle

Installation view ‘Art & Money’ with works by Pamela Brown and Kerry McKay (foreground), Blair Kennedy and Andrea McSweeney, Marion Wassenaar, and Andrew Hurle

'withdrawn' 2013 ex library book and digital print, book size 13 x 22 x 14 cm, digital print 39 x 61 cm.

‘Withdrawn’ 2013

Withdrawn includes a digital reproduction taken from the original dust jacket of a retired library book. The hand written text below the image shows a summary of expenditure per capita that reveals the contrast between military expenditure and arts funding.

World military expenditure in 2012 is estimated to have been $249 per capita. Comparison of funding per capita by selected arts Councils and agencies: Arts Council of Wales, $17.80, 2012/2013; Arts Council of England, $13.54, 2010; Australian Council, $8.16, 2010/2011; Creative New Zealand, $2.98, 2009/2010; National Endowment for the Arts USA, $0.47, 2012

On a shelf, directly beneath the image, sits the the library book reduced to a carbon shell.

Withdrawn, 2013

Withdrawn, 2013, ex library book and digital print, book size 13 x 22 x 14 cm, digital print 39 x 61 cm

Art & Neuroscience

Group show of artist and scientist collaborations

The Brain Health Centre, Hunter Centre, University of Otago, Dunedin – 22 July – 9 August 2013

A collaboration along with scientist Dr Lucia Schoderbock and artist Kristin Peren

Slide 1

Slide 1

Baby’s first steps…or the scent of jonquils as a harbinger of spring… these are memories we treasure in life that connect our past to the present and define our identity. But what happens when memories fade – seized through brain injury or disease and get frozen in time? Both Kristin and Marion grew up in a period when family slide shows were a nostalgic reminder of days gone by. The Slide series revisions the slide format with manipulated images sourced from Lucia’s research on adult neurogenesis in memory formation and retrieval.

Our senses were filled with wonder, free to wander, to imagine.

Slide 4 in mount

Slide 4 in mount

Images 46 x 69cm digitally printed on Hahnemeule paper. Edition of five. Framed 100 x 100 cm

Lucia gave us the opportunity to photograph her laboratory slides through the microscope. These images relate to her research on the rescue of memory after brain injury. The encounter was both insightful and hopeful. This was a fascinating and surreal experience resulting in a printed series of manipulated images.

Lucia's slide of the microscopic neurons of the brain

A detail of Lucia’s slide showing neurons in the brain

See the EyeContact review.


Rubbish Art in Law X – a joint show with Kristin Peren – curated by Peter Stupples

Law Faculty, Richardson Building, Otago University 18 July – 22 November 2013

Pollution is a necessary result of the inability of man
to reform and transform waste.
Excerpt from Patti Smith The 25th Floor, 1978

Advances in the industrialised world are at the heart of this exhibition that creates a sense of urgency in addressing the mountains of waste and the effects of climate change on our fragile planet. The catalogue contains an essay by Peter Stupples.

Kristin Peren 'Under Pressure - white' & Marion Wassenaar 'Under Pressure - black' 2013, detail

Kristin Peren ‘Under Pressure – white’ & Marion Wassenaar ‘Under Pressure – black’ 2013, detail

Installation view of 'The wanderer retreats' in the corridors of the law Faculty

Installation view of ‘The wanderer retreats’ in the corridors of the Law Faculty


Boy Band

Traversing interdisciplinary boundaries each artist in BOY BAND has employed a suitcase to encapsulate a poignant idea or moment in their candidature. Though distinct the art works meld together in the vitrine and emphasise the cohabitation and collaboration required during this interment but also suggests the singular and isolating nature of participating in a master’s program. – Rachel Allan


BOY BAND – Self Titled Album is situated within the diminutive V-Space, in Otago University’s Robertson Library that, for me, expands on Marcel Duchamp’s Boîte-en-valise (Box in a Valise). Working with found objects, each artist has in some way responded to the use of a suitcase that suggests that their research is not terminated at the end of their programme but has the capacity to venture into further fields of discovery. 

Boy Band Self titled Album

Boy Band Self Titled Album

News of the World is a response to the News International phone hacking controversy that exposed corruption and bribery in the British press and the consequent closure of the ‘News of the World’ publication after 168 years in print. Carbon and the dust jacket are all that remains of the book titled ‘Journalism’. The carbonised book rests on the Yellow Pages which mirrors the colours of the dustjacket slipped into the pocket of the briefcase. White collar, professional journalism is in the business of investigating and reporting and of holding others to account – The News of the World failed when it came to itself.

News of the World - detail

News of the World – detail

News of the World, 2013 Carbonised book, dust jacket, Yellow Pages, briefcase

News of the World, 2013
Carbonised book, dust jacket, Yellow Pages, briefcase

Art Heroes

The ‘Art Heroes’ Project

In April 2013, senior students and staff from the DSA Print Laboratory took off for a camping experience and print workshop to my rustic ‘Goatshed’ crib in Kyeburn Diggings, Central Otago. I had recently completed my Masters so it was a good distraction while I awaited my results.

Large scale collagraphs were produced using backing boards rescued from the closure of the Trents spice, herb and baking goods processing plant in Dunedin and recycled cardboard. Day one out on the lawn was sunny and warm so good progress was made on assembling the collagraphs. The temperature turned and down came the rain that evening so day two was spent printing on top of the pool table inside to great results. Thanks go to Neil Emmerson for organising the project and Steev Peyroux for his technical support.

Art Heroes 2013, collagraphs printed on cotton fabric, 120 x 100 cm

The prints were displayed hanging from a clothesline at the DSA Print Studio and at the ‘Audacious’ event, Sargood Centre. The works have been sewn together into a large banner and have been sent to MIT, Auckland for another showing.

Images below of the workshop in action. Featuring, in descending order, collagraphs by Georgia Shearer-Schultz, Tom Ellison (FHDW), Steev Peyroux, Lynn Taylor and Sophie Prinselaar-Smith

Art Heroes

The surrealist cut

Art heroes

This is not a pipe

Art heroes

Monet captures the light

Art Heroes

Jeanette Winterson ponders another world.

Art Heroes

Andy Warhol ‘between the sheets’

Art Heroes

‘Art Heroes’ installation view with the Audacious team

Art Heroes

‘Art Heroes’ installation view


The ‘Art Heroes’ project installation at the Sargood Centre, formerly the Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

Carbon Black 2013

Carbon Black  was  my Master of Fine Arts site specific installation at the Dunedin Gasworks Museum coinciding with a documentation show at the Dunedin School of Art Gallery. A chapbook publication was produced for the show. Works also featured in Printeresting

Eve, 2012, digital print from carbonised apple

Eve, 2012, digital print from carbonised apple

A photographic image from Carbon Black was exhibited in Open DoorsPortas Abertas (Open Doors) is an international participatory artistic project organized by Fórum Eugénio de Almeida on the occasion of its opening in the former Palácio da Inquisição (Palace of the Inquisition), marking the start of the cultural and artistic activities to be presented in this new space in Évora, Portugal.