Verve February 2016. Issue 119

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89 Art & About Feb 2016

“Painting for me is about capturing the transient moment between states, the border between one moment and the next, one place and another.”

paint for a while, I can get pretty crabby. From the perspective of the work, the challenge is always in conveying that thing, the eye-gripping wow-factor.” The Muriwai Earthskin month-long residency will provide the dedicated space to utilise her graphic design and artistic skills to create artwork, and also posters for print and social media using photography, collected images, mobile apps, graphics, and art mediums. In exploring ideas around collecting and cataloguing as a way of promoting species preservation, she intends to highlight the value of those practices in supporting a biodiverse, sustainable future. “While keeping New Zealand native life in the foreground, I’m really taking on the role of an explorer,” she says. “I’m excited to see how the final pieces come together because they will be a result of multiple processes and combining media I’ve not used before. I will have the luxury of being able to draw from all creative parts of myself for a focused period of time.”

Words by Theresa Sjoquist

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