March 31 – April 30, 2017
Connections 2017 comprises five female Taranaki artists who explore the pathways through which their art has taken them, connecting them in a common thread of artistic exploration.
Dorothy Andrews
"I grew up in England but I have spent most of my adult life in Taranaki. I live just out of Inglewood with my husband Chris and a variety of pets and livestock.

My work is greatly influenced by Art Nouveau, Surrealism and ancient Crewel embroidery, all of which I have studied and admire. I use these influences to create works which express my love of the natural environment and my concern that very little of it is truly natural any more.

Our desire for material wealth is manipulating and destroying everything around us. We are greedy and uncaring. If it doesn't make a profit it is not worth doing, regardless of whether it could make the world a better place.

Even the beautiful, green hills of Taranaki have dark, oily secrets hiding behind them.

We need to stop now before we have no legacy to leave for our children.

I hope my distorted plants and animals and my lack of perspective and composition will leave the viewer just slightly uncomfortable."

Jenny Bielawski
"In recent years I have worked primarily as a fibre artist.

Knitting has played a major role in my life since I learned the craft when I was eight years old. Most of my energy in the past was spent knitting garments for my family.

Stitch patterns fascinate me and I love the history of knitting and the development of the stitch designs from all over the world.

An idea that nagged me for years was that there must be a way to bring knitting into the Fine Arts arena, so that is what I have been doing for about six years.

In this exhibition, I am concentrating more on actual stitches that help me to represent trees for the work White Forest."

Juliet Chell
Juliet is a multi-disciplinary artist, working across sculpture, drawing, painting and printmaking. Her work is informed by cultural and social issues, including information technology and the influence it has on our lives.
Viv Davy
Born in New Zealand, spending many years studying and practicing in Canada, and embarking on global journeys whenever possible, Viv considers she has lived an enriched, adventurous life.

Currently settled in Opunake, the coast and the mountains stimulate a strong feeling of connection with the natural landscape. This is reflected in Viv's palette of natural pigments and a natural materiality.

While choosing to embed her making within her geographical surroundings, many of Viv's works challenge our perceptions of life and require close inspection to read the detailed layered meanings. The narratives are complex and interwoven, being informed by personal reflection on global considerations.

The current body of work reflects the disruption to the world of people with current global political climates, while also reflecting the collapse of the natural world under the pressures of climate change.

In a period of profound upheaval and uncertainty both physically and socially, Viv's symbolic making explores these changes and their interconnectedness through reflective observations.

Antonia O'Mahony
Antonia's work's mainly in etching and drawing but lately she is has been experimenting with media she has only touched on in the past.

For Connections 17 she exhibits work created in her home studio in the past year in both printmaking and other materials.

She has started study towards a Masters of Fine Art and hopes to use some of these new ways of working alongside her well-established printmaking practice.

Sow / Trinity (detail)
Antonia O'Mahony
White Forest—Ghost of trees and forests past
Jenny Bielawski


Grounded 2017 (detail)
Viv Davy
White Forest Down (detail)
Jenny Bielawski
(Left to Right)
Monsanto's Bouquet, Lady Greensleeves, Green Gold
Dorothy Andrews
$600 each
White Forest (detail)
Jenny Bielawski
Memory Cloths, 2017
Viv Davy
Left: Tea cloth $150, right: Runner cloth $150
Juliet Chell
The Flotsam Series, 2016
Viv Davy
Left: Flotsam II, $200, right: Flotsam I, $150
Black Forest — After the Flames
Jenny Bielawski
Fire Damage
Jenny Bielawski
$1000 for diptych, $500 each

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