Capturing a Sense of Place and Stillness in Relief Print.
The baches began as catharsis but they have become a reflection upon place and comfort. They are symbolic and a little romantic, sitting with their faces to the sun cloaked in bush and garden. They are humble dwellings with the stuff of life around them, washing lines, ladders, gas bottles and BBQs.
In them I try to capture stillness and rest, and sense of place that we are drawn to return to; whether physically, in memory or in imaginings.
It is a great joy to hear from viewers or collectors how they bring to mind past homes, holidays, relationships and special memories.
Translating the beautifully designed 1935 Pictorial series of stamps into wood block print is an ongoing project. I acknowledge and appreciate the original artists work in capturing iconic New Zealand Fauna and natural and cultural scenes.
My current art practice is primarily in wood block print. I love the methodical nature of the carving process and graphic quality of single colour images to highlight the crisp New Zealand light and texture of the bush.
Each block is carved by hand and every piece individually inked and printed making each an original work of art.
I hope these works bring you joy too as you consider your own sense of place.
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