Meliors Simms – Environmental art about Antarctica

Meliors Simms hand makes art with textiles on environmental issues.

One of the more recent exhibitions she has been a part of is called ‘Imagining Antarctica.’ Again, like many of the other posts on here so far… She is confronting issues about peoples effects on the earth, climate change, & the politics that surrounds these issues.

An online article said this:

A hand-stitched Big Berg is one of many interpretations of polar ice in Imagining Antarctica. Meliors Simms, a New Zealand artist, has used a range of textile techniques to explore the history of Antarctica, as well as its present environment and the threats to its future.

“New Zealand’s proximity to Antarctica and significant activities there mean that Antarctica is a common theme for New Zealand artists,” says Simms. With a background in Environmental Policy, Simms confesses that she turned to art as a result of “frustration with trying to effect change through policy channels.”

Read more here.

Lester Hall- Tiki Mouse

The Little River Gallery artist profile says this about New Zealand print maker:

“From the popular Kiwiana beauty of “Wahine” to the dour victorian morbidity of “Boogieman” Ngati Pakeha Inks have been “a wonderful journey into what it might mean to be Pakeha” says Lester Hall. Describing himself a long time outsider artist who also positions himself as a social commentator on the evolving identity of Aotearoa.  Lester uses his Ngati Pakeha prints to invite all New Zealanders to come with him into this discussion.”

Lester Hall, Northland based artist tests cultural climate with his latest work Tiki Mouse by blatantly merging Mickey Mouse with one of New Zealand’s most touted cultural icon – Heitiki. Hall’s 2004 Ngati Pakeha series of 23 Tiki, launched a cross pollination Buzzy Bee and Tiki to create Halls kiwiana classic Buzzy Bee Tiki.

Print maker Lester Hall is one of New Zealand’s most exciting contemporary visual artists. Hall’s work is visually striking, intelligent, and strongly political. Maori commentator, Willie Jackson states, “he is a cultural intellectual for NZ”. Hall has a clear message that radiates strongly from his Ngati Pakeha Inks series. (read more and see picture of the image here)

You can read another interesting story about one of his pieces here- Toi moko art print upsets

Taranaki artists take a stand on fracking

Fracked_exhibition

Artist, Graham Kirk. Photo by Cameron Burnell

Organised by coastal artist Graham Kirk, Fracked (end of Sept 2012) exhibited the work of 22 Taranaki artists expressing their views on the controversial topic.

Some of the big name artists to feature in the exhibition are Dale Copeland, Roger Morris, Mikaere Gardiner, Paul Hutchinson and Alby Carter.

Mr Kirk said a lot of the artists instinctively felt fracking was wrong, and learning more about the process had cemented the view that it was not a move in the right direction.

Read more here.