# make / believe
Fledgling Taranaki artists (and one old
take you to the edge with
new and inspiring work
29 January 21 February 2021 MAIN GALLERY
Image: Jordan Quinnell
Down the Rabbit Hole
‘In that direction lives a Hatter; and in that direction lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they’re both mad.’ —The Cheshire Cat
For me the creative process is a bit like going down the ‘rabbit hole’. When starting a new project I often have no idea where the journey will lead and as I begin to work the clay, I discover the shape and direction of the rabbit hole, and characters reveal themselves to me. It is a journey that can be both immensely rewarding and incredibly challenging, especially when the destination is unclear.
This series, based on the timeless ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll, presented me with an opportunity to begin the journey with a destination in mind. The process of hand-building the work is still full of surprises, unexpected twists and turns. The result is a collection of characters that are at once familiar and new, recognisable and enigmatic.
Kei whea te pou e tu ana, hei a nei
Acrylic on MDF board—$7800
2200mm x 1200mm
On 21 July, 2020, Councillors voted to establish a Maori ward in the New Plymouth District for the 2022 elections (12 votes to 2). Similar to the Maori parliamentary seats, these Maori wards and constituencies establish areas where only those on the Maori role vote for the representatives. They sit alongside the general wards which also cover the whole region.
‘I stand by my decision, as one of those people as well as my 12 fellow councillors to establish a Maori ward, we believe it’s the right thing to do for our country. We believe it is to honour TE TIRITI O WAITANGI. Providing Maori with an equal voice around our table.’ —Sam Bennett
This artwork makes reference to the establishment of a Maori seat in local governance. This painting encapsulates the ideals (nga ture), of the people who would sit on the Maori ward.
The two figures on the legs of the chair make reference to the ancestors who held the mantle of power, pakeha and Maori. Their hard efforts and sacrifices are the foundations we sit on today. The spiral is common in most cultures around the world. The spiral represents growth, change and understanding. Understanding comes when you have reached the centre of yourself, for only you can answer the hard questions. Change comes after understanding. When undergoing change, we start to find new ways of incorporating solutions to the questions being understood internally; implementing change so we may achieve inner peace, prosperity and bring about positive affirmations. Growth can be seen once understanding and changes are implemented. Growth can be measured in many ways, but ultimately growth comes naturally when you expand your horizons. Live fearlessly when engaging the unknown.
For the unknown now, will be a platform of learning for future generations.
Acrylic on canvas—$1100 SOLD
Born in Taranaki, I live in New Plymouth with my partner Jess and daughter Ruby-Jane.
My works can be based around subjects of the human condition; emotional response, social response, anxiety and paranoia, prevalent things within the human experience. I like this to be represented in my work as subtly as possible. I also enjoy creating works of fiction and coming up with scenes and portrayals of a surreal nature.
I take influence from many artists. I look at my paintings mostly as expressionism/post impressionist orientated but have adapted different elements into them. I paint in a way I feel is relevant to a subject, choosing the appropriate technique for what I’m portraying in my work and am therefore comfortable in painting in different ways. I have a growing interest In contemporary arts and art processes including installation of works. This has been the focus with my own work to date, gaining experience and my own understanding of new and traditional medias and what use I can get from these. Using video-based art, I can focus on experimental aspects of the creative process, even if the work makes little sense at the time of why or for what purpose it has been created, this can help me develop new ideas for future use.
As an artist, I’m working towards gaining the experience and knowledge to work on larger projects and installations, installing works of profiled artists allows for the understanding of new concepts and processes that go into contemporary arts as well as the ability to solve problematic issues that stem from installation. With this In mind I would look to utilise larger spaces and adapt my work around said space.
As for now I am solid in painting and video; I see myself learning new methods of art creation and installation for the majority of my career.
Woodcut embossing on paper—$390
I am a student studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours. In 2019 I achieved a Level 3 excellence endorsement in art. My 2019 photography portfolio board was placed in the top 60 art boards in NZ and was chosen for New Zealand Top Art touring exhibition. I also received a photography scholarship in 2019.
I have always been passionate about art. I developed my printmaking skills and a love for the medium while in high school. Four of these works utilise printmaking techniques; etching wood, cut print and embossing. I create an unrealistic animal world using human bodies and put animal heads on them. This is also called Anthropomorphism.
Pot plant II
Acrylic on paper—$320
The simple idea of drawing a person sitting at a table eating dinner has led to a series of more than 40 paintings, either acrylic on paper or oil on canvas. This theme has lead me to consider ideas and imagery of people, food, drink and flowers... then deeper into concepts of hunger, gluttony and ritual.
This collection is inspired by the boxed shaped square and the convenience of the ready-made take-home consumer product. The idea developed from a desire to get away from the hanging canvas onto something more robust and for this series I really wanted to have fun. The pre-loved sourced materials (at times) dictated the direction of the work which is ultimately my favourite way to create.
My work explores the relationship between realism and fantasy with influences as diverse as Jerry Uelsman and Dora Maar. My works are synthesised from both real scenes, real structures and objects to create landscapes and scenes unreal and seemingly impossible.
Ever since I was a teenager I have been fascinated by the essential unreality of reality, the line that blurs the two. What starts out as contemplation soon becomes born into a carnival of fantasy, leaving only a sense of what is real and is the likelihood of a new beginnings even it be only in the mind’s eye.
Digital print—$120 SOLD
Nga Ruahinerangi, Taranaki, Ngati Tuwharetoa Iwi
Am I Safe?
In 2020 everyone’s lives changed as important issues such as climate change, race and covid-19 were thrust into the global spotlight.
While it took a while for this series to come about, I knew that I wanted to reference these issues as well as build on my previous research into the symbolism of the “mask” and how it can be used as a tool of protection.
As we move forward into 2021, peoples need for protection is greater than ever and it begs us to ask the question - Are we actually safe? Am I safe??
Origins and Memories
Paintings of Taranaki and Hinterland
29 January 21 February 2021 GALLERY 2