photography by Andre Van de Ven
Abstracted bird forms
These works were in the Sculpture in the Gardens 2019-20, Auckland Botanic Gardens Indoor exhibition.
These Unique works are the first in this series of works which reference the art historical subject of the vessel and its relationship to the bird. Also ideas around emptiness, space, containment and the feminine principal.
photos by Andre Van De Ven
Chess Pieces Bishop & Knight
Abstracted Chess forms
The Chess set pieces were my first sculptures. I was given some clay and a tool and this is what came out of that gift.
The first in a series of one-off bronze beetles indulgently created for fun and imaginative play.
Katydid & Bees
Made for 2018 NZSOS Woman’s Refuge Exhibition.
This work speaks to the shifting ecosystems, crisis among species for survival and the need for adaptation.
It can also be seen as a metaphor for our own inner growth and renewal; dealing with change, upheaval or crisis; healing and allowance. I recreated my original ‘Katydid‘ 2002, using her alien and yet somehow feminine form, curling inward like an embrace.
Most of my bronzes are black, because there is no distraction to the form and it adds a solidity and foundation to the work. The gold, by contrast lifts and lightens details.