Opening Preview – Friday 15 October
Exhibition Dates – Saturday 16 October – Saturday 13 November
Atelier Gallery Studio, Nelson
The works on paper in this exhibition were created during a creative lockdown and media blackout in January 2020 at a ‘Silence, Awareness, Existence’ artist residency at Arteles Creative Centre in Finland. The primary method of applying the mineral and earth pigments to paper is through breath (blowing) and through water (bleeding). I arrived back in New Zealand just before the global pandemic closed the borders.
The egg tempera on board icon paintings evolved a year later from these initial works. I have also used breath to apply the tempera paint, as well as petit-lac (little pools of water) fused to the board with colonies of fossilised microbial organisms (CaCO3 gesso).