ARTIS Gallery is proud to present Transversin; the works of Christine Hellyar, Bush Birds , and Warren Viscoe, Coats of Bark.
Coats of Bark
Like the bark that binds the tree, the wooden overcoats in this exhibition embrace the body as a second skin. Wood, as the defining medium, provides the structure and history of what is close to hand and home. Within the sawn and carved slabs is the redolent scent of a forest and its working parts. Evidence of building practice is often present as nature and industry co-exist and collide.
This series of cast bronze and lead sculptures are works in which Hellyar has used floral forms to make imaginary animals. This is her way of addressing the shortfall in New Zealand’s biota.
The dark creatures are like small dragons or ‘patupaiarehe’ with fiery red eyes. (In Maori traditions, patupaiarehe are fairy-like beings who live in the forests and lure people away from safety with the music of their flutes).