Liz McAuliffe http://www.lizmcauliffe.com carver and painter of nature's exquisite objects Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:39:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6 Sycamore Seeds http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/2013/08/sycamore-seeds/ http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/2013/08/sycamore-seeds/#comments Sat, 24 Aug 2013 02:06:30 +0000 lizmcauliffe http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/?p=693  

 

 

Beautifully tactile sculptures triggering childhood memories of autumn ‘play’.

Sycamore Pods $950  &  $1150

 

Carved Sycamore Seeds

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Sunflower Seeds http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/2013/08/sunflower-seeds/ http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/2013/08/sunflower-seeds/#comments Mon, 12 Aug 2013 23:26:22 +0000 lizmcauliffe http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/?p=634 Seeds are “where it all starts”, a complete store of all the information needed to engender growth toward full realisation of the individual.

 

With the Sunflower series I tap into the well of meaning with an instantly recognisable object, at once iconic and ubiquitous. A perfect nascent form of nature that carries it’s own barcode.

Carved Sunflower Seeds                                                                 Carved Sunflower Seeds

Scale x27                                                                                  Scale x20

$550    &    $350                                                                          $250 each

Materials : Pine , Powdered Chalk Paint and Pigments.

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MatchStick Sculpture http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/2012/02/matchstick-sculpture/ http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/2012/02/matchstick-sculpture/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2012 03:59:19 +0000 lizmcauliffe http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/?p=481  

Striking a Happy Medium

Striking a Happy Medium . $1900      @

 Inspirit Gallery . Cambridge

For these works Liz has moved her close observational skills, her deft carving and painting techniques to bring about a playful manipulation of scale with everyday objects.

In ‘Striking a Happy Medium’, a collection of upscaled matchsticks and their accompanying box, she toys with the venerated practice of including a matchbox in photographs to give the viewer a safe and recognisable basepoint for scale within an image. With no other object to compare with, this work undermines that safety.

Again, with ‘Mismatched Perceptions’, the massive upscaling of the ubiquitous matchstick Liz invites the viewer to re-evaluate their relationship to these objects which are used daily by millions of people. The matchsticks being ‘life-sized’ demand a conversation on an equal footing.

 

Mismatched Perceptions . $2100
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 A + E Gallery . Napier

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Remembering Nature http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/2011/04/remembering-nature/ http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/2011/04/remembering-nature/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2011 06:03:45 +0000 lizmcauliffe http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/?p=456  

If you are interested in purchasing my work and due to the artworks being one-offs, communicate with me directly, I welcome inquiries and am open to commissions.
Contact Liz.

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9th May – 18th June  ’11

Auckland Botanic Gardens . Manurewa

Inviting the viewer to have an ‘equal’ conversation with my art, and by proxy, with nature itself.

 

 

Pohutukawa Leaves

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Vessels For Life http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/2011/04/vessels-for-life/ http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/2011/04/vessels-for-life/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2011 06:03:15 +0000 lizmcauliffe http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/?p=441 18th March – 10th April  ’11

Statements Gallery .  Napier

 

Vessels for Life

‘Vessels for Life’ conjurs for me an image or form encapsulating potential, abundance and vitality.

Seeds themselves are, for me, the ultimate vessel for life. Seeds are “where it all starts”, a complete store of all the information needed to engender growth toward full realisation of the individual.

By choosing the seed of the Sunflower (Helianthus annus) for this series I tap into the wealth of meaning with an instantly recognisable object, at once iconic and ubiquitous. A perfect nascent form of nature that carries it’s own barcode. With the Honesty (Lunaris annua) pods I bring to the fore childhood memories, of ‘pretend’ money and a play on it’s name a word not often allied with money.

 

Honesty Pods 40cm – 110cm $850 & $1900

 

 

Sunflower Seeds  scale x 27  $650  &  $495

Sunflower Seeds .                scale x  27 . $550 & $350

 

 

Sunflower Seeds  scale x 20 $295 each

Sunflower Seeds .          scale x 20  .   $250 each

 

 

 

 

 

Lotus slice with seeds $2200

Lotus slice with seeds $2200

 

Lotus detail

Lotus detail

 

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Ebb & Flow http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/2010/10/upcoming-exhibition-ebb-flow/ http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/2010/10/upcoming-exhibition-ebb-flow/#comments Sat, 02 Oct 2010 07:01:29 +0000 lizmcauliffe http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/?p=372 16th October – 11th November ’10

Village Arts Gallery Kohukohu .

An exhibition of Liz McAuliffe’s close relationship with nature.



























































































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Manawa http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/2010/09/upcoming-exhibition/ http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/2010/09/upcoming-exhibition/#comments Fri, 03 Sep 2010 03:59:22 +0000 lizmcauliffe http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/?p=362 18th September – 14th October ’10

Village Arts Gallery Kohukohu .

 

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See more images under  ’Featured Works’ page … Tamaki Estuary series.

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Tamaki Estuary Series .1. http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/2010/04/tamaki-estuary-series-1/ http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/2010/04/tamaki-estuary-series-1/#comments Thu, 01 Apr 2010 05:24:52 +0000 lizmcauliffe http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/?p=333 13 pieces 2009

Pine with iron filings, Acid, Zinc, Copper, Graphite, Silver.

In her carving Liz McAuliffe is known for manipulating scale to bring attention to nature and all its complexity.

With the use of iron, zinc, copper, graphite and acid she has intensified the visual experience and has highlighted the metal pollutant content now in the estuary. The glimpse of intense mangrove green is recognising the seed of hope still present in this vital estuary.

Mangroves, although not dearly loved by many, play an important part in the ecosystems of harbours – sheltering young fish, stabilising land and forming a buffer zone to absorb flood waters.

These pieces are available for sale individually

Cockle shells and small Mangrove roots  ..  $190 each  (approx 10 – 16cm)

Mangrove Leaves, Nut Shell and  medium Mangrove roots .. $275, $295, $320 respectively  (approx 26 – 32cm)

Mangrove pods .. $350 each (approx 17 – 19cm)

Large Mangrove roots .. $375 – $475 each (approx 46 – 51cm)

Tamaki Estuary Series

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‘Conversations’ http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/2009/11/conversations/ http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/2009/11/conversations/#comments Tue, 03 Nov 2009 22:31:25 +0000 lizmcauliffe http://www.lizmcauliffe.com/?p=261 This is a culmination of the things I love. Wood just for and of itself … and nature expressed through shapes and shadow.

In these works I am exploring some of my past works and am re-introducing them as a conversation .. They are a play with reality .. manipulating and highlighting certain aspects.

Are they a conversation between man and nature … man and machine … two aspects of nature? Or all .. ?

In a conversation where does one start and the other finish .. ?

What of one’s background does one bring to one’s conversations .. ?

How much of our conversations have hidden meanings .. not spoken and not shown .. ?

What we take away from a conversation is centred very much around what we took into the conversation ..

Within ‘Conversations’ there will be several series … at present there is the Lotus series and the Kawakawa series …

Medium : various … Kauri . Rimu . Pine . Salingna
Size : various … 6″x1″ – 12″x2″ … Length 1800cm – 2600cm
Price : start from $1400

 

If you are interested in purchasing my work and due to the artworks being one-offs, communicate with me directly, I welcome inquiries and am open to commissions.
Contact Liz.

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