Here is a detail of a drawing that I am working on. It is more like an installation plan I suppose, but also a good way to solidify the ideas before show time.

Two and a half weeks

In little less than two and half weeks Heavy Water, the next show will be opening. Time has a way on sneaking up or running out like that.
All is going well though. Last week, Craig Stevens my oceanographer and I ran some Art and Antarctica workshops at Plateau School in Upper, Upper Hutt. We both took turns at talking about our work with the aid of powerpoint and a projector. The kids were keen and asked amazing questions and then we roped them in to help with the making of sections of Heavy Water. We incentivised this making with a reward for completing a certain number of sections. This reward was time in the Polar Tent that Niwa loaned us for the day – and Craig expertly assmbled. Such a simple and effective structure, one that hasn’t been altered much in the last one hundred years.
It was an awesome day for all. By the end of the two sesions, the kids had assembled almost half of the paper triangles that I had prepared into sections that should also cover about half of the exhibition. Next week we have one more workshop with kids on a school holiday programme at the gallery centre. By then, we should be almost ready for installation week.
Here is some documentation from the day in sequential order:













Current Projects

Order Structure Pattern is currently installed at the National Library of New Zealand in Molesworth St, Wellington until October as part of the Leading Edge exhibition.

Heavy Water will be installed very soon at Expressions Gallery Upper Hutt. The show opens on 2nd May 2014.

maximums, minimums and tools of the trade


I think one of the main impetus for my arts practice is making the maximum impact with a minimum of means and this project Heavy Water definitely illustrates this point. Since 2011, pretty much all of my paper, Antarctica themed installation projects have been large scale artworks – up to 12m x 4m x 2m but can all be packed down into a regular suitcase. Heavy water scales this down further. The gallery is over 10m2 with a 4m high ceiling and Heavy Water will be a large scaled artwork but with much more discrete and linear construction. Currently the components for this new work fit into a large shoe box. But like a box of lego, [who I blame for my component art making!] Heavy Water will expand and activate the space in new ways.

To update the status of the project – I have finished hand cutting over 3000 lacquered tissue paper triangles. This is very exciting and also satisfying. However, the next stage is to fold ALL the tabs. Thank goodness for podcasts to keep me company with this task.

Next week I will begin the community stage of the project where I will be working with Niwa Oceanographer Dr Craig Stevens a couple of classes from Plateau School in Upper Hutt to start assembling sections of the artwork and to talk about Antarctica, art and brine tubes with the kids. I am anticipating some interesting and hopefully curly questions and discussions from the kids amongst the stapling and paper wrangling.

This leads to these next few images. I am preparing the kit that will accompany me to the workshop and gathering and stock-taking all the necessary bits and pieces…




Even the rubbish is good looking




The triangle talley is up to 2,337ish. I am now aiming for about 3000 to cover any unforeseen dramas or last minute desire to make something bigger than I had originally planned. My ambitions sometimes get away from me so I must be prepared.
This is such a satisfying project in terms of recycling/repurposing. I have done some self congratulating for saving boxes of offcuts from the past 3 years of projects [yes, boxes of rubbish] But as it works out, I think that I will have just enough of these offcuts to cut down into the desired number of components. For now, the cycle of these icy papery type of projects is in synch with the cycle of real water based ice in Antarctica where it melts, freezes, reforms, evaporates [in no particular order here] continually. I know that these paper works will only be able to do this for so long before they will need to be ceremonially disposed of, but limiting waste is so satisfying.

*image 3 is “rubbish” that will be used in some collages and the remainder of the waste will be going to a local primary school and my son’s creche for the kids to make things from.

Small wonderings


It is not that I haven’t been busy but most of my activity looks very similar to the last few posts. I am filling boxes with cut shapes, alternating the repetitive tasks. Hopping between compiling piles of offcuts, tracing the shapes, cutting with the guillotine and finally hand cutting the corners.
ln the inbetween times I am attending meetings, fantasising about new artworks, revisiting my favourite shelves at the library and pondering some interesting opportunities.






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