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2018 TSB Community Trust Painting Award Winner
Artist: MiSun Kim, New Plymouth – Flowers in Universe
Judge’s Note: “Flowers in Universe” by Mi Sun Kim seems abstract at first, but when you look again, you see it is actually created with many delicate lines to make an extraordinary cluster of pinecones. We thought the traditional ink painting technique on rice paper, and the mounting of the work was impeccable. Its size also gives it a meditative, calm quality. In her artist statement, Mi Sun talks about walking in South Korea and imagining all the pinecones she saw in a forest as a metaphor for the universe. Pinecones can be found in many countries, and in this way, they become a symbol for connection and the common ground we can in find in others.
2018 TSB Community Trust & OSP Stockfoods
Highly Commended Painting Award:
Artist: Jason Burns, Masterton -
Judge’s Note: We thought the combination of abstract line, colour and text in Simon Says by Jason Burns gave it a lot of conviction. It got us talking about how art has been used to protest social inequalities and injustices. Its title suggests the importance of not always following the status quo. We appreciated that it is a brave and provocative painting that made us think.
2018 TSB Community Trust 3D Award Winner:
Artist: Paul Moriarty, New Plymouth – Ripple Effect
Judge’s Note: When we first saw Moriarty’s bench seat we were really intrigued by the grooved top and thought it was made to be unsittable! We were lucky enough to try it out, and realised it was in fact a functional seat. We found the treatment of the top exceptionally unique, and thought it referenced the landscape. On reading the artist statement, we found out it was a commission to reflect the owners love of sailing and hiking: made to be a brief place to sit at the front door while taking off or putting on your shoes. It is also made of recycled Rimu and we admire the combination of material, form, concept and use.
Pastimes and Corkill Systems Highly Commended 3-
Artist: Volker Hawighorst, New Plymouth – Moving Grid 2
Judge’s Note: From far away, Volker Hawighorst’s Moving grid looks like a perfectly balanced abstract painting that moves in colour from cool to warm. On closer inspection you see it’s in fact made of bread tags. These items can be useful, but once your bread is finished they become hazardous. Today, when plastic places an alarming threat on our environment, we appreciate how Volker has turned these redundant items into something beautiful and formal.
2018 Fred & Eunice Rodie Charitable Trust Taranaki Artist Award Winner:
Artist: Joshua Sands, New Plymouth – Cult of the Cloven Hoof
Judge’s Note: The winner of this section has created a smart and simple, yet stylistically attractive, and almost kitsch, contemplation on the Taranaki landscape and the economic values and practices that preside over the lands, hearts and minds of the farming communities here. The religious connotations that underlie the symbolism of the gold bull, or the sacrificial cow, offer a hard contemplation on the cost of these beasts on the land and GDP of our nation.
2018 Coastal Veterinary Services & Viv Scott McDonald Real Estate Taranaki Artist Highly Commended Award:
Artist: Jeanette Verster, New Plymouth -
Judge’s Note: Taking inspiration from an 1841 letter written by one of the early colonial settlers here in Taranaki, this text work takes the form of a fibre landscape, or perhaps a waterfall of words, that speak to the harsh crashing seas and deep brooding lands and forests of this region at the time. We felt that it was a smart work that spoke to us on many levels, both in terms of activating multiple artists creative practices from felting, crochet, sewing through to text-
2018 Fred & Eunice Rodie Charitable Trust Works on Paper Award Winner:
Artist: Matthew McIntyre Wilson, Wellington – Whetu Whitu
Judge’s Note: The winner of this section has created a work on paper that also operates as a sculpture, creating an image of a winged-
Soul Kitchen Highly Commended Works on Paper Award
Artist: Jan Fredrickson, Stratford – Realism Metallic Study
Judge’s Note: The runner up in this category has created a deftly drawn image of a chrome or metallic skull using pencil. The work caught the judges’ eye because of the sheer talent and skill involved in the creation of the work.
2018 TSB Community Trust Fibre Art Award Winner:
Artist: Georgina May Young, Dunedin – Rock Study 1
Judge’s Note: Not only does Georgina May Young demonstrate a high degree of skill with this embroidered work, Rock Study 1, she really transcends the medium’s traditional associations with the feminine and domestic. She does this by depicting a scene of rocks: a subject matter more associated with the masculine, or perhaps a geological collection! We think it took great skill and imagination to be able to inject something so ordinary and solitary with life and colour. We also liked how her use of colour gave this work a wonderful three-
Pihama Lavender Highly Commended Fibre Art Award
Artist: Margaret Hill, Foxton – Hanging Rakai with Houhere Ribbons
Judge’s Note: Margaret Hill’s Hanging Rakei with Houhere Ribbons is a decorative kete, which uses customary Māori raranga techniques to create a contemporary design. We were impressed by the thorough understanding she showed of raranga styles and enjoyed the combination of wool and harakeke. Most of all, we liked her innovative use of houhere (or lacebark) ribbons to give the final form a light, organic look.
2018 Te Puni Kōkiri Tō Taranakitanga Award Winner:
Artist: Ngahina Hohaia, Auckland – He tāepa tiketike
Judge’s Note: The winner of this year’s Tō Taranakitanga section is one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists. Her works talk to her whakapapa as a descendant of Parihaka, and to the histories and economics of the region. The works depict a series of pou-
2018 Te Puni Kōkiri Tō Taranakitanga Highly Commended Award:
Artist: Jordan Quinnell, Opunake – The Mark of a Peacemaker
Judge’s Note: Discussing similar histories in a more direct manner, the runner up award goes to an artist whose series of print works depicts a silhouette of the Parihaka leader and prophet Te Whiti walking through the landscape. Within each image, images relating to Parihaka are revealed, from the constabulary invading the village through to the memorial cairn for Te Whiti that now rests there.
Fred & Eunice Rodie Charitable Trust Photography Award Winner
Artist: Monica Wilson, Opunake, Rāhui
Judge’s Note: Monica Wilson’s photograph Rahui felt like an unassuming scene at first. But it became more powerful once we looked at its details. It speaks directly to environmental concerns in South Taranaki in a subtle, but also urgent way. Many of the warning signs, particularly the rahui (a form of tapu restricting access to a resource to protect it) shows Ngāti tu’s concern about waterways, while others reflect on wider concerns within Aotearoa New Zealand about health and safety. The people walking along the bridge carrying white bate nets show a past time connected with coastal traditions, which is in danger because of pollution, but in turn, is also affected by quotas placed on gathering kai moana.
2018 Sinclair Electrical and Refrigeration & Farmlands Ōpūnake
Highly Commended Photography Award:
Artist: Jessie Pilcher, Auckland – Surfers Garage
Judge’s Note: This coastline is a much-
2018 Nice Hotel Committee’s Choice Award
Artist: Maria Brockhill, New Plymouth – Te Ngahere o Taranaki
The Committee particularly appreciated the intricate patterns and beautiful colours of this piece.