Without fully comprehending why, I’ve recently become obsessed with compost. I take any opportunity to turn a bin, collect fallen autumn leaves, admire the worms multiplying, smell the rich humus and get my hands in a pile to feel the heat generated. I went to a talk about The Magic of Soil by Phil Gregory who was very convincing that that soil sequestering carbon can save us from climate change.
This put a fire in my belly and in collaboration with other local groups, we proposed a local composting initiative to utilise the organic resource produced by households in Tāmaki Makaurau. During World Composting Week, I made a submission to Auckland City Council on behalf of Transition Towns Point Chevalier and Dignan St Community Garden. We joined hands with Kelmarna City Farm and Organic Community Garden, For the Love of Bees, NZ Box Compost Bins and Go Well Consultancy.
It is part of the research I’m doing for the residency at Headlands Art Centre in San Fransisco in September.
The Exquisite Wound in Te Whanganui- a- Tara Wellington.
The 26th Annual Wallace Art Awards exhibition, is still on at The New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts until March 25th. If you are in Te Whanganui- a- Tara and haven’t seen it yet, it is well worth a visit. Check out my two channel video made with composer Charlie Ha, I Am Here.
The Academy Gallery is open daily 10 am – 5 pm at 1 Queens Wharf and entry is free.
The 26th Annual Wallace Art Awards exhibition
The 26th Annual Wallace Art Awards exhibition is about to open in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. It has a selection of 50 of the awards’ finalists and winners. This includes ‘I Am Here’, the video that I made with the amazing composer Charlie Ha.
Some of my personal favourites of this really diverse collection of works are; ‘Haar’ by Jack Trolove, ‘Know Your Meat’ by Teresa HR Lane, and ‘Harmonic People’ by Andy Leleisi’uao, who won the Paramount award.
‘I Am Here’ is from ‘The Exquisite Wound’ exhibition that is touring Aotearoa New Zealand. Future dates will be released as they become available.
The 26th Annual Wallace Art Awards at The Academy Galleries, 1 Queens Wharf, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, from February 19th- 25th March, 2018
Fulbright- Wallace Art Award
At the awards ceremony on September 4th, I was very honoured to win the Fulbright- Wallace residency. I will be going to Headlands Centre for the Arts in San Francisco for three months from September 2018. The application process was rigorous and highly competitive so I was surprised and very excited to find out I was shortlisted. The Director of Fulbright New Zealand, Penelope Borland interviewed me along with four esteemed artists who have all been recipients of the award; Richard Maloy, Ruth Watson, Phil Dadson and Steve Carr.
I Am Here, the two channel video work I made in collaboration with composer Charlie Ha, is in the Wallace Art Awards exhibition, representing The Exquisite Wound. This video and the work of all the finalists and winners can be seen at The Pah Homestead in Auckland until 12th November 2017. The exhibition tours to The Wallace Gallery in Morrinsville and then on to The Academy Galleries, in Wellington.