some time is now open at the Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson, Auckland NZ until the 16th June.
If you are in the neighbourhood, please pop in an see it in person as the photos don’t really do it justice!
I am lucky to be exhibiting along side the wonderful Jae Hoon Lee and his incredible photo works from his Antarctica residency and his time in Nepal. It is nice to see the conversation between our works across the halls and between the galleries.
I am also giving an artist talk today at 2pm and running a free kids workshop on Saturday morning 18th from 10-12. Come on down.
All systems are go. I arrived in Auckland on Friday and it has been non stop ever since! But not in a bad way as thanks to a team of volunteers helping me through step by step. I feel quite charmed with this project with the numbers of people that have donated time and sometimes even money to make the crazy idea in my head become a reality. Many hands make light work but also there is warmth and interesting conversation and a team of people who are all now invested in this project being a success. Today is my first day solo- this is necessary to resolve some niggly bits and to pull all of the separate parts together into a cohesive whole. I have almost 3 days to do this and it feels quite achievable.
So… Here are some images thus far-from suitcase to ice sheet and then ice shelf!
Tomorrow morning I will be flying to Auckland to install some time at the Corban Estate Arts Centre
Over the next 7 days, and with a team of volunteers [thanks!], I will be assembling the ice shelf out of thousands of hand cut and dyed tissue paper shapes.
In the mean time, I am filling suitcases. One for art, one for me and one each for the kids.
See you tomorrow Auckland!
This is what a suitcase full of ice shelf looks like:
It is hard for even me to believe that there is over 40sq m of blue tissue paper plus tools in there.
Fingers crossed now!
Thank goodness for mates! I have been lucky enough today to have had a couple of helpers pop by to fold tabs on the paper shapes. Great chats, repetitive work and sore thumbs, but more importantly the suitcase is filling up with the components of some time.
I have managed to pack the tool kit too and am ticking many tiny things off the to-do list.
5 sleeps till the install begins!
Here are some other images of the tiling guessing exercise while I remember.
By the end of today I will have finished lacquering all of the paper that needs lacquering. It has also very neatly come to a natural conclusion as I have also run out of raw tissue paper. It feels like time too!
So, this week I will be cutting the remaining sheets into kite, diamond and triangle shapes and packing the suitcase full of all the paper components, cord, turnbuckles, tape etc…for a large paper ice shelf.
Trying to guestimate the amount of paper kites and diamonds needed for some time.
By all accounts the work will be about 40sq m which is about 4 times this.
I think I’m going to be ok but i do wish my floor could look like this all the time!
So much great news. Some time has been fully funded, actually 150% funded through the Boosted campaign – thanks and wow to my super network of arts patrons.
Also, got the great news today that my other project [with Katharine Allard and Craig Stevens], Cleave has been funded by the Wellington City Council CNZ Creative communities grant. With this project I will be running workshops in my local area and at a local primary school where the kids will help me to make the art work. The resulting work will then be connected and installed in a local vacant shop space that will operate as a temporary gallery. You will hear more about this project after some time has had its turn in the spotlight. It is all earmarked for June.
What an exciting and art filled year so far.
Meanwhile, today I finished cutting the shapes out of all the prepared paper. Thousands of different sized diamonds and triangles but I don’t think there are quite enough…so back to the lacquering I go