My current absence from the blog is all due to being extremely busy – like more busy than usual! And there has not been enough time to update until now – and really I should be preparing images for a couple of conferences that I am presenting at! But I really need to play catch ups here first.
I will try and catch up chronologically:
First, the design for Inland Ice – my next major work for IceFest NZ has been completed and a scale model of the framework has been made and couriered to Christchurch. This all became a little more complicated for me as it turns out that as some parts of the 20m long ice shelf were going to be higher than 2.5m. This height means that we’d have to go through the resource consent process which I am new to. Thankfully my good friend and architect Ben Stevens was able to pitch in with some technical expertise and all seems to be moving forward in a productive way. It has been a learning process which is great – and outdoor work is newish to me – ie I hadn’t done any since art school almost 20 years ago.
I am lucky that I have another awesome artist/builder/designer Chris Reddington who will be doing the heavy work in Christchurch and is building the frame for Inland Ice so that I can focus on the surface layers. Actually the whole Icefest NZ team are awesome!
Inland Ice has allowed me to explore some new materials too. I am currently enjoying TYVEK by Dupont which is an inert paper type product that is made from plastic and is untearable but still translucent enough to be back lit and porous enough to be dyed. Another part of my announcement is Spicers NZ paper are coming on board to sponsor some Tyvek paper for the Inland Ice for IceFest NZ. I jumped for joy with the news, and being an artist who uses a lot of paper in the creation of large works, it seems like a good fit. Thanks Spicers!
I also purchased a GoPro today. So I now need to learn how to operate a new camera but it is time to upgrade the way that I create time-lapses of the installations going up. These time lapses are an integral part of the documentation process as it is often quite difficult to convey the full experience of a spatial installation through a static image. I had been saving up for a long time for one of these beauties and I look forward to sharing the results.
There are a few other exciting things bubbling behind the scenes – unrelated to this project, which I will announce when things are a bit more concrete.
On the to do list now – other than write and reply to heaps of emails – [sorry if you are waiting]
Cutting and dying tyvek.
Testing shape systems.
Run some talks and workshops at Wadestown School Wellington and also at some schools in Christchurch.
Talk at the National Library.
Prepare for and present at the SCAR conference in Auckland on the 25th August with Craig Stevens from Niwa.
Make a giant ice shelf in Christchurch.
Have lots of meetings and write heaps of emails.
Present a few more talks at IceFest in Christchurch in October.
Oh and I will be running a workshop at the Dowse on the 13th Sept for kids and a caregiver.
And I’ll be packing up the avalanche and small What lies beneath icebergs from the National Library on the 14th Sept, so if you are in Wellington, you better pop by before it is too late and you can also see Order Structure Pattern while you are there in the downstairs gallery before that comes down late October.
There is probably more for this list, but by making it very public, it will help get it all moving along at the correct speed.
And now for the pretty pictures!