What do you do with the multiple drafts from your PhD thesis? Turn it into yarn and spin it! Creating something artful from this material was part of a process that helped sustain me during the 6 years it took to complete a PhD.
When I was writing my thesis and needed a break I would often go and create a piece of art. It was a shift from the mind to the body which I discovered fostered a reflective process as well as a creative one. The hands-on, physical aspect of creating a piece of art often gave me bit of space in my head to unpack my research ideas.
The exhibition highlights the struggles as well as some of the triumphs of my research journey. It also celebrates the end of this research project.
My New Zealand Experiences
Natalia came to New Zealand a decade ago from Russia. She loves to be a New Zealander, enjoying all aspects of life here.
She developed a passion for travelling, photography and painting her impressions.
She found New Zealand nature is very inspiring for bringing all kind of scenes on canvases.
Natalia is self -taught artist, evolving her skills all the time.
She is a member of NZ Academy of Fine Arts and NZ Watercolor organisation.
She is excited to welcome you to her third solo exhibition.
Facebook page, Natalia Vidyakina Art
Eclecticism is a show of sculptural works by Tiffany Te Moananui and Sharon Sanders - two emerging Wellington artists taking a multi faceted dive into materiality.
Sharon offers a thought provoking homage and celebration of farmed beings. Colourful wall mounted heads bring a friendly introduction to the subject of human dependence on animals and the use of animal by-products in everyday life.
Tiffany exhibits a diverse collection encompassing works in bronze, porcelain and aluminium - an exploration of light and translucency through depth and shadow.
In between making music, poetry, waves, babies, dinner, life plans, Shayn and Sophie make art. Their In Between exhibition showcases characters from Cuba street and the surrounding CBD using Shayn's animator/cartoonist style and Sophie turns her whistle blowing flair into worded pottery. Their works skew perspective, question strange goings on, and some are just down right amusing. Using mediums of ink, pencil, acrylic, clay and glaze, pieces and prices range from tiny hand made poetry pottery bowls and functional domestic objects, to cartoon strips, paintings, and a large, rather prodigious portrait of Mr Max Harris.
1. Face detail of 'Slayer', by Shayn Wills, 2018
2. 'Dog crossing Cuba', by Shayn Wills, 2016
3. 'The Oysters', by Sophie Perkins, 2018
Antoinette’s taxidermy installations and photographs provide eye candy for the deceased and curios for the living. This exhibition showcases a variety of media that Antoinette has been working with following on from her Ghost Hunter series. She has continued to explore concepts of Momento Mori (‘remember you must die’) in a body of work that includes a series of death masks, cast from dead stray cats who were brought into vet clinics with no way of identifying them. As no one came forward as their owners Antoinette made the molds and cast their death masks the day that they were scheduled to go to cremation as a way to memorialize them.
Antoinette Ratcliffe graduated from the School of Media Arts with a Masters of Arts in 2012 and teaches taxidermy classes around New Zealand.
Please email Antoinette if you would like a viewing outside of the listed opening times.