14 May 2020
In collaboration with Taranaki Arts Trail we’re continuing our Window Gallery project, which sees local artists, designers and creatives turn their own windows into galleries. ⠀⠀
This coming week, our creatives are being tasked to find or create an artwork based on the Letter ‘S’.
Start thinking: Simplicity, Surrealism, Shadow Play, Symbolic, Still life, Stencil, Sketch Study, Silhouette, Sculpture!⠀
We left the creative interpretation up to our local artists.⠀⠀
Look out on our Instagram every Thursday, for the chosen theme and to see the Window Galleries that are created. ⠀
S is for: Separation
For our third theme, Amanda presents an artwork created in 2019, that still resonates now in terms of the impact of separation during the lockdown and Covid-19 crisis.
Its original intention was to reflect on challenges facing friends and family who are separated geographically and depart, perhaps knowing that they may not see some loved ones again.
“I am inspired by the stories that help form our identity as a nation. The lockdown as has been thought provoking, a time of reflection. I am only just starting to work through possible ideas.”
S is for: Sound and Light
This work, entitled Total Ellipse, is part of a suite of works by Ché Rogers.
The artist, who is also a musician, has chosen this work for how it explores sound in a visual way, and just like light and ripples in a pond – all of these move like waves oscillating outwards.
For Ché, “everything is connected in some way, whether it’s people to nature, nature to art, art to music, music to machine, machine to people. In the end, always and forever, we come full circle.”
S is for: Silhouette
Dimphy De Vaan painted in oils as a child and has since explored various techniques and mediums including wood turning, weaving with harakeke, and stone carving.
Right now, her practice, in rural Taranaki, focuses on 3D fabric sculpting/garden art and she is passionate about sharing the craft with others through her workshops.
For her debut window gallery, she presents Standing Lady, made from cotton fabric (soaked in fabric hardener to survive outdoor elements) and bronze highlights, ideal for a lush green, garden backdrop.
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S is for: Subliminal
Dwayne Duthie was born and raised in Taranaki. His practice includes painting and sculpture, as well as digital video and audio artwork, which respond to “the current state of the human condition”.
Titled Sleep, this artwork, put together for the Window Gallery, uses digital video footage shot a year ago, to explore how, as can be seen in advertising techniques, subliminal messages (through the use of quick text and visual symbolism), can play on the subconscious mind.
S is for: Still Life
What does ‘Still Life’ look like these days for upholstery artist Kristina Weston, who runs Red Couch?
For her, Dutch Golden Age Still Life paintings, sewing and simply breathing are what keeps her calm and still, as does an artwork titled The Seascape by New Plymouth artist Charlotte Giblin.
For this third window gallery, Kristina presents her trademark rich, vibrant floral fabrics (designed by @arletteess) to transform this furniture piece, into a “Still Life Living in Full Bloom”.
S is for: Six dayS
Six days Strategically Shuffling Situations Sourced Straight from S.
S is for: Sunset
Give me a block of Sunset was created last year by Richard Landers.
This recycled window glass piece celebrates sunsets and calls for inspection into how they appear to possess an ability to ‘rinse’ away any ‘litter’ in our thoughts, even if only for a moment.
The photo taken of the artwork for this window gallery, timed with the government’s Level 2 announcement, just as the sun was setting in the background.
S is for: Simplicity
Swiss-born Susan Imhasly – one half of felt artist duo Twin Felt is inspired by the surrounding natural environment of Taranaki, where she is now based.
Debuting for this Window Gallery series, Susan presents Horizon, made from black and white wool fibres, that naturally turned into varying grey shades in the felting process.
She points out how, quite often, a horizon is just a simple line created by different colours of the sea and the sky.