Connah Podmore (2023) Street light (the room where your brother was born)
Street light (the room where your brother was born)
Medium: Charcoal on lining paper, pasted to wall.
Artist: Connah Podmore
Artist Statement: This is the back wall of our old living room. It is an ordinary room, where ordinary things happened; but significant to me as this is where we spent our days when my children were young. When they were babies, I used to stare at the changing shadows on this wall as I nursed them to sleep each night. One of my key aims for this piece is to draw attention to the depth present in what we overlook as ordinary and unremarkable. This idea is particularly important to me when thinking about motherhood and acts of caregiving generally.
Siân Stephens (2022) Liam Cutting His Hair After An All-nighter
Liam Cutting His Hair After An All-nighter
Medium: Colour pencil, ink and acrylic paint on brown card
Dimensions: 485h x 420w
Artist Statement: Having been a practicing painter most of my 26 years, it was a joy to reconnect with drawing. My work has ventured into projects calling attention to animal ethics for some years, but my heart really lies in portraiture. The subject of this drawing is a person who continuously inspires and surprises me, who’s drive to make work and live spontaneously is both enriching and completely fascinating. Him cutting off his characteristically long hair on no sleep is an act I had extreme emotional responses to, so I wanted to pour that and my admiration for him into this drawing.
Mark Braunias (2021) In Search of the Saccharine Underground
In Search of the Saccharine Underground
Medium: Ink and Acrylic on paper
Dimensions: 2000h x 2500w
Artist Statement: Saccharine Underground' was an expression used in the late 1960’s to define certain aspects of contemporary pop music, which had a formal ‘heavy’ edge but was presented with ironic superficiality. It both challenged and mocked the social message recordings of the highly fashionable ‘counter culture’ at that time. Using a bent out of shape modernist abstract visual language this work presents an alternative narrative to NZ’s historical national obsession in art with 'meaning' and the “Gothic”. Brightly sketched-in ‘Kiddy’ colours oscillate in and around seemingly 'cartoonish' forms and shapes but are drawn with serious formal intent.
Artist statement: The forward-slash as a character seemed appropriate for the current time – “it’s going to be something either-or; it’s like a future optionality - leaning forward, but repetitive and staying still.
Artist statement: My submission 'Every Valley' combines my interest in the impartial and arbitrary character of the natural world, with the overlaps that exist between modes of abstraction and representation.
My work is a response to place, a visceral reaction to events and activities around me.
Nature, the human condition, music, industrialisation and digitisation are all central themes and an entrance to my work. Long Echo is a meditation on altered nature where social and ecological systems clash.
I’ve loosely referenced aerial views from Canterbury, observing shapes; rivers which flow from the mountains to the sea, the great lakes and the few remaining wetlands. With intersecting grids, circles and lines I have mimicked the colonisation of the now mechanised land.
I was influenced by pre-european Māori rock art on the limestone cliffs at Takiroa near the Waitaki River. I visited these drawings, contemplating the information they shared for travellers; of warnings, beliefs and the locations of provisions. This inspired me to make my own indelible marks to reflect our current precarious status, by drawing and etching it into a shiny metal surface – a symbol of modernity.