New Zealand Pacific Studio is an artist residency in rural Wairarapa on the North Island of New Zealand. I had the possibility to work here 4 weeks. It is the perfect place to go back to the basics as a visual artist. Coming from the Netherlands with empy hands I looked for ways to express my impression of the gorgeous trees that are to be found in this area. Our neighbour was Pukaha Mount Bruce Bird Sanctuary, where trees are given time and space to develop their full character.
I found an old bed sheet in the back of a kitchen cupboard, destined to be cut into cloths for cleaning paint brushes. I nailed it to the wall and found some primer and blue paint, that I spread on the sheet. On top of it I started a drawing with charcoal. With an old tooth brush I rubbed the charcoal in the sheet. Here you see the result.

You find the invitation to my exhibition by clicking here.

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New Zealand Pacific Studio Inc.

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Bridget's Bushes (2016), acrylic, charcoal, siberian chalk on canvas, 240 x 180 cm

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Neighbouring Evy and Tom improvise spontanously with the curves of the drawing

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On an old pair of trousers I made another drawing

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Here you see me working in the stand-alone studio

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Working in my studio

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On our Open Day at the 13th of December I participated in the project of Kiri Riwai-Couch.
She, being Maori, makes portraits of Europeans, dressed up in a combination of colonial and ancient Maori clothes.
Read more about the photography of Kiri Riwai-Couch at the website of Aratoi Museum in Masterton.