To celebrate the 150 year anniversary of the University of Otago in 2019, Otakou Press connected with Lynn Jenner who compiled a number of letters to the editor of the Otago Daily Times written by Charles Brasch. As a significant figure associated with the University, Brasch’s letters raised many concerns, among them the architecture of the University’s buildings and the looming proposal for construction of the Aramoana aluminium smelter.
The letterpress publication was set and printed by Dr John Holmes and included relief printed illustrations in an edition of 100 copies. See the University article here, the ODT article here and a Dunedin City of Literature article here.
Custom Print Project collaboration with Madison Kelly
The ‘Care Ecology Suite’, 2018 is a series of six screenprints printed on Pescia fine art paper and produced in the Print Laboratory at the Dunedin School of Art. The suite consists of six drawings by Madison reproduced as screenprints using a double exposure on each. Each print is individually titled as: Takahē, Tui, Hoiho, Kōtare, Kea, Kererū.
I approached Dunedin School of Art graduate Madison Kelly in late 2017 regarding a custom print collaboration to help raise funds for the Wildlife Hospital. I knew that Madison was passionate about animals and shared my interest in wildlife preservation and environmental concerns. Madison’s art practice increasingly adopts ephemeral outcomes as temporary wall drawings. I saw this collaboration as an opportunity to document Madison’s drawing style while at the same time offering funding support to a worthy cause.
Over the course of the year, Madison visited the wildlife hospital and several rehabilitation sites in the area. In her visits, she examined textures, equipment, and spaces that defined the patients’ time at each location. Resulting drawings present hypothetical spaces of care, formed using the visual cues of blankets, wiring, tubes, containers, and wild habitats. The drawings aim to suggest an ecology of care in both artificial healing spaces and the original habitats patients are eventually returned to. Madison’s constructed ‘habitats’ were then constructed into positives for screenprinting. The limited edition screenprints incorporate the outlines of six different species, double exposed into each of the six prints in the series. Two prints, Takahē, and Kea, include a second colour in an attempt to acknowledge the level of care and healing undertaken by the vet nursing staff at the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital.
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.
David Faithful squid ink performance
Keynote Alicia Candiani with artwork by Graciela Sacco
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 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.
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.
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.