Quirky Fox’s newest exhibition 'Through the Looking Glass’ is a fun and quirky exhibition showcasing the work of five sculptors. The artists, who range from amateurs to award winners, have each created three to five pieces in their own unique style. Tasked with producing a 3D piece of work infused with personality, delicate bronze pieces sit next to hand carved totara and air dried clay in the exhibition which opens Saturday 30 January.
Each of the twenty-two pieces featured tells a story: Portia who’s trying to make a career out of just being amazing, steady and likeable, train obsessed Tony. Vices, pests and gangster molls all have a place in the off beat exhibition.
About the artists:
Emily Thomas - Emily Thomas has transitioned from adorning actors to adorning walls with her modern twist on taxidermy - her ceramic ducks act as trophy mounts suitable for even the strictest vegetarian. Having graduated with BA in Sociology at the University of Auckland in 2001, Emily developed an interest in costume design. Blending her education in social theory with her artistic leanings, Emily soon began working as a costume designer and maker at the Court Theatre in Christchurch where she worked for over eight years. Striding the fine line between kitsch and curiosity-cabinet-cool, Emily’s current line of work looks back on history and showcases the best fashions and styles.
Helen Perrett - Helen Perrett's educational history gives an insight into a creative mind that takes inspiration from history, literature, mythology and children's book illustrations. Having studied garden design, archaeology, history and english language as well as ceramics, Helen creates pieces with a sense of history or a story behind them. Creating either one off pieces or works in a series, Helen's figurative pieces are often finished with layered washes of slips and oxides. Liking her work to evoke stories and histories; Helen is intrigued by the world of tales and myths; and the richness of language and symbolism. Helen's work has been nominated for numerous awards and is available in select galleries across New Zealand.
Melissa Young - Melissa Young is a Wellington based artist producing delicate figurative sculptures in bronze. After completing an Industrial Design course at Wellington Polytechnic in 1989, Melissa started sculpting in 1993, actively selling her work in selected galleries throughout New Zealand from 1998. Her work is held in private collection in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, USA, England and France. Melissa describes her work as a social commentary on life, celebrating the lives of women past and present. Her pieces are named to express her personality and humour and give an insight to her world. In 2002, Melissa's sculpture 'Experience is the Mother of Knowledge' was placed first equal in the Pacific Art Awards. Melissa has since been a finalist in multiple awards and involved in multiple exhibitions.
Peretopia - In a land far, far away (well across the Cook Strait anyway) is a world where monsters, creatures and reality blend together. A place where monkey's wear sneakers and carry boom boxes, where evil clouds strike fear into innocent creatures heart's. This land is Peretopia. The mayor, and founding father, of Peretopia occasionally visits the human realm where he uses recycled and reclaimed native hardwoods such as rimu to create sculpture of his favourite citizens. He does this purely to see the look of pleasure on the faces of those who have not visited Peretopia and to help gain acceptance for his citizens. ‘Peretopia' is the creative outlet for Christchurch creative Perry Logan. Making "wood thingee's from recycled hardwoods", Perry's work revolves around monsters, creatures, robots and other oddities. Much of the wood used in Perry’s creations has been salvaged from earthquake damaged pieces: Rimu from damaged fireplace surrounds, cedar from old pool tables etc. Each piece is a one off.
The Lonely Animal Friendship Society - To be a member of The Lonely Animal Friendship Society (LAFS for short) you have to be: a. An animal, b. Lonely, c. Looking for a friend.
Crafted from polymer clay, pumice, air drying clay, wire, acrylic paint and varnish, the animals that form the expanding LAF society gather in Auckland. There their kindly patron, Edward, delves deep inside their psyche to discover what makes them tick. With their newly found self awareness and Edward’s support they set out to make new friends and find new homes.
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