Carver and Painter of Natures’ Exquisite Objects
Natures’ beauty, balance and perfection in your home.
My carved sculptures give a sensual experience as well as a visual one. Careful attention to detail, whether in form, surface or shadow is central to my practice and works.
I am attracted to the minutiae found in Nature, especially objects that are often bypassed or go unnoticed. Working closely from found objects so that when up-scaling these into ‘life-size’, I invite the viewer to re-examine their relationship with Nature. Whether we acknowledge it or not I believe nature influences humans, sometimes in very dramatic ways. We are thus drawn to remembering that we too are nature.
Born and living in New Zealand, I have always been intrigued by natural forms, I have an enjoyment of working with wood and a love and desire to work with my hands, this has been directed into my career as an artist, I participate in group and solo exhibitions regularly, my art is in national and international collections, including Italy, Germany, America, Denmark, England and Australia. In 2016 I had a 10 week artist residency in Denmark.
Initially the lotus pod in particular gave me an almost endless inspiration for carving and has led me to exploring other pods, seeds and native flora. Attracted to the plentiful, fecund/fertile shapes in nature I take delight in replicating and celebrating their unique and individual forms, imbuing them with my own aesthetic. Creating from and with nature has long been a way for me to stay connected to myself and my environment.
My art invites you to consider your perceptions and to examine the original form more closely.
A short 10 minute documentary clip on my process, environment and community by Tika Productions
Further details and images can be found in articles published in:
- Her Space, by Marilyn Jessen. Hard covered, 293 pages, 23 cm x 20 cm. Stepping into the creative spaces of more than 50 artistic and inspirational New Zealand women.