Our Taonga, Our Native Bush
Carrie Carey, Denise Durkin, Kirsty White
On display 4 to 29 October 2022
Our Taonga, Our Native Bush exhibition on display in Studio Two
Inspired by bush walks in and around Wellington, I use fresh, playful colour and pattern in my prints. I strive to produce unique images that capture the magic of the New Zealand bush, taking the viewer on a journey too.
I have been a printmaker from an early age, always experimenting and playing with processes, breaking with tradition and exploring new ways of making. My current work marries my love for the outdoors with innovative print processes – essentially a one-off printed painting with a hand drawn image screen printed over the top.
It is alarming how fragile the protections on our land and forests are. Already precarious, they are one political change away from being breached in many areas for commercial gain, farming, production and insatiable urban spread.
I am a full-time artist and an art tutor at Inverlochy Art School where I have contributed to the life drawing community since 2001. My works in Our Taonga, Our Native Bush continue the use of the corrugated iron shape, referencing historic and current impacts of human habitation on the environment.
Nga taonga o te ngahere, treasures of the forest… New etchings and new paths by printmaker Kirsty White.
Working as a printmaker from my Lyall Bay studio, I have travelled the Wellington coastline and beyond with my sketchbooks, not only drawing, but researching the history. From archaeological diggings to favoured fishing bays and associated kai of individual areas, I have tried to learn as much as I can. This process of understanding history before making art has set me up for developing my unique style, which is also heavily influenced by our position here in the Pacific.