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I made this large scale artwork for a beautiful couple, K and S, who I first worked with to photograph their wedding 16 years ago!
They lovingly built a bach at Waikawa Beach, which felt home to them in a way their Wellington home didn’t. The bach has so much of their heart in it.
I worked with them to create the words, and their brief to me was industrial, grunty, “as if it was a piece of paper picked out of a dumpster.” This totally suits the industrial, concrete-floor, ply vibe of their very modern bach.
The commission was for a specific place in the home, exactly where it was hung.
The process with them was wonderful, and the project passed through many iterations before it got to this shape.
It took me many many months to find the right material [very grunty and rusty old metal] and then the right marks to make [eventually making the primary marks into the paint using an angle-grinder.]. The marks of the house are shiny, flickering as you walk past it.
On the right hand side bottom corner of the house are the dates of their birthdays, their wedding, and the birth dates of their two boys. The text at the bottom, writ small and private, is “we fell in love in the winter, a wide open sea, hills repeating the sound”. Words we came up with together that have special meaning for them.
I am immensely proud of this artwork. It represents a new direction for me: mark-making with paint and symbol.
I went to Waikawa to deliver and hang the work. K cried when she saw it. I cried to, that they loved it as much as I did.
Later, she messaged me:
“Just sitting inside [everyone else outside] quietly soaking up your work, feeling super emotional and incredibly connected with it. I can sense how much you have given to it, and feel super humble that we now have it in our home. It is like a precious gift from your heart. Thank you.”
And that, my friends, is the best response to my work that I could ever receive.