Friday, June 8, 2012

Portrait of an Artist/Sophie Merkens

Hum Salon
6 June - 19 June
123 Grafton Road, Grafton, Auckland

Earlier this year I was approached by an awesome emerging photographer called Sophie Merkens, who told me she was taking panoramic photos of Auckland Artists in their studios and would I mind if she paid me a visit. Of course I said yes and now here we have it an extremely long book of 30 Auckland Artists. Sophie has some of the images on show and 100 limited edition books........, go check it out! 

Sarah Walker-Holt Studio/Sophie Merkens 2012
Sophie is a great photographer, she made me feel extremely at ease as I babbled away to her while she did her stuff. It's amazing how the distortion of taking a panoramic close up, in a small space, makes it look larger than it is. This is the jewellery making area of my studio and behind me, up the steps, is my semi-industrial sewing machine, art books and 2D area with a large table for me to spread out on. In the centre of the image, next to me you can see a ladder which pulls out and leads to a mezzanine that I use for storage. My studio is still a work in progress - getting it set up. It is an awesome space that my husband built especially for me out of predominantly demo materials, he's a gem! june 2012

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Neckware 9

77 Ponsonby Rd
+64 9 378 1256

Debbie Adamson Vanessa Arthur Becky Bliss Mary Curtis
Ilse-Marie Erl Sharon Fitness Victoria McIntosh Karen Michaud
Brendon Monson Tania Patterson Cheryl Sills Sarah Walker-Holt Kathryn Yeats Raewyn Walsh 

Neckware 9 displays fourteen exquisite pieces that where selected by Finn McCahon Jones and Masterworks owner Eloise Kitson. In Jone's opening speech he indicated that the ideas these works shared was one of a domestic or personal realm and that the stories expressed, accordingly, in each artist statement suggested they could all easily be kept by the makers as memento mori.

The Purpose of Things, Neck-piece, 2012

"The chop sticks you put in your handbag when you buy sushi but use your fingers instead; the electrical wire your husband retrieves from a public rubbish bin after he tells you it won’t be there when you have finished your shopping; the 40 year old reel of vintage thread that your mother brought over from Britain when your family emigrated as a child; the jars of beads that you have collected from taking apart broken wooden life drawing models and massage car seat covers that a friend thought you might use at some point; the neckware that initiates relationships between artist, wearer and viewer." Sarah Walker-Holt