Tag Archives: Exhibition

Impact 10 Print Conference

ENCUENTRO / ENCOUNTER Impact 10

Santander, Spain,  September 1st to 9th, 2018

It was certainly a wonderful encounter with a beautiful city, a large contingent of passionate print enthusiasts and a host of exciting venues, events, galleries, beaches and Cantabrian sunshine! Thanks to the wonderful organisers at SM Pro Art Circle.

I felt privileged to exhibit my burnt, compacted book, ‘Dreamwork’, at MUPAC, The Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology and I presented a paper on the projects undertaken in the Print Lab. I also submitted a print for the Mini Print Biennial at Centro de Arte Faro Cabo Mayor, the local lighthouse.

 

Estuary Art and Ecology Prize 2018

9 July – 19 August, 2018

I was thrilled to be announced winner of this year’s Estuary Art & Ecology Prize organised by Malcolm Smith Gallery, UXBRIDGE Arts & Culture in Howick, Auckland.

My work Unplugged responded to the Tāmaki Estuary, to underscore the ecological value of this vital waterway and encourage action against its pollution.

Artist statement:

The catalyst for this artwork is a book purchased in a charity shop, ‘Auckland Unplugged, Coping with Critical Infrastructure Failure’.* The book reports on the electricity blackout that disrupted Auckland’s central business district for five weeks over the summer of 1998 revealing a vulnerable city infrastructure requiring detailed risk evaluation in order to maintain efficiency. This crisis highlights our dependence not only on power supply but also town water supply and waste management and exacerbates a future of unsustainable uncertainty. These networks are interconnected with population growth and consumption placing huge demands on this post-industrial oasis. In attempting to create an artwork that conveys the adverse human impact on the environment, while acknowledging the waterways of the Tāmaki estuary and indeed the many contaminated waterways of Aotearoa, New Zealand, the book ‘Auckland Unplugged..’ is ironically reduced to pure carbon to be used as a filtering agent to hypothetically purify (or unblock) our polluted waters.

The artwork comprises the carbon remains of the book stored in a reagent bottle with the book title etched on the glass and photographic evidence of estuary water before and after filtration.

* Newlove, Lindy. Eric Stern, Lina Svedin. Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, 2003

The judge, Paul Brobbel had this to say of my work:

“A work that stands askew from the other works in the exhibition. Unplugged is, on first consideration, a challenging artwork – intelligent with possibly an element of humour to some. But tilting at the political, the bureaucratic and the pathetic, this work adds a unique element of anger and aggression to the exhibition. Unplugged is still, like all the works here, optimistic, but the artist took a much more visceral ride to get there.”

Above is the original book and the carbon remains following slow pyrolysis. The ‘book’ was then crushed and used in a home made water filter.

Unplugged install

Unplugged, 2018

Unplugged opening

Exhibition opening 7th July, 2018

The Print Laboratory welcomes: The News Network

Invitation_TNNTheNewsNetwork_ForresterGallery

It was fantastic to be a part of The News Network group exhibition at the Forrester Gallery, Oamaru. The exhibition included custom prints produced in the Print Laboratory by Kipp, Maisie and BaT & Emboss as a fundraiser for the Forrester gallery. The prints are a response to the ornamental plaster ceiling rose in the main gallery.

Artists in the exhibition: Alison Alder, Marian Crawford, BaT & Emboss, Neil Emmerson, Richard Harding, Steve Lovett, Trent Walter and Marion Wassenaar.

 

mise en place

Mise en Place invite

mise en place is a joint exhibition with Kiri Mitchell that looks at the roles of women in the kitchen.

The Kitchen Drawer series, 2017
This work pays tribute to my mother for her dedication to provide daily meals on the table. With limited electric gadgets available during that time, this work acknowledges the labour of love involved in food preparation. I hope that, in her old age, she gets the quality of care she deserves. The Kitchen Drawer series is a response to concerns for the care of our aging population in light of decreasing funding and standards of food quality in the public health system.

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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.