Bend­ing the Rules

Two sis­ters, a sculp­ture fes­ti­val, and one “Am­ple Pear”.

North & South - - North & South - JENNY KE­OWN

When sis­ters Amy Lynch and Katie Bap­tiste are asked the name of their first ma­jor col­lab­o­ra­tive art work, they laugh. The painted metal sculp­ture they’re cre­at­ing is called “Am­ple Pear”, and am­ple it will be, at more than two me­tres high and one me­tre at its widest point.

The artis­tic pair came up with the idea over a sketch­ing ses­sion on a roll of wall­pa­per. “It was funny for both of us as it was a gut re­ac­tion to the lines of the pa­per,” says Bap­tiste. “I guess we could en­vi­sion what those sug­ges­tions of cur­va­ture could be­come.”

The fin­ished piece will be on dis­play amidst an ex­panse of pop­pies and wild­flow­ers at the Wild­flower Sculp­ture Ex­hi­bi­tion, along­side works by some 70 other New Zealand artists (7-11 Novem­ber, wild­flow­er­sculp­ture.com). Held at Round Pond, a four-hectare pri­vate gar­den on the ru­ral out­skirts of Hast­ings, the pop­u­lar bi­en­nial event has at­tracted 20,000 vis­i­tors since its de­but in 2008.

Un­til two years ago, when Bap­tiste, 41, moved to Hawke’s Bay, the sis­ters lived in sep­a­rate cities, pur­su­ing markedly dif­fer­ent cre­ative ca­reers: Bap­tiste in Welling­ton as a ma­te­ri­als de­sign con­sul­tant for Bent­ley and Audi (and pre­vi­ously as an in­te­rior de­signer for the hospi­tal­ity sec­tor in the UK); Lynch, 39, as se­nior de­signer at David Trubridge’s de­sign stu­dio in Whakatū. “It’s been lovely to come to­gether and work on our first ma­jor cre­ative project, par­tic­u­larly be­cause we bring dif­fer­ent skills and knowl­edge to the ta­ble,” says Lynch.

The sis­ters were raised in a leafy, quiet Sus­sex vil­lage – not un­like Have­lock North, where Lynch now lives – and were in­flu­enced by their fa­ther, who can turn his hand to any­thing from restor­ing cars to build­ing houses. Lynch, a free­lance cre­ative since leav­ing the Trubridge stu­dio last year, moved to New Zealand in 2004. Bap­tiste, who’s now a free­lance de­signer, fol­lowed a decade later.

Given Lynch’s strength is in build­ing three- di­men­sional sculp­tures, she’s led the con­struc­tion of “Am­ple Pear”.

“This morn­ing, I showed Katie how to work with par­tic­u­lar tools, pol­ish­ing up a trial piece,” she says. “It was ex­cit­ing to see her get great sat­is­fac­tion from that.”

Un­til two years ago the sis­ters lived in sep­a­rate cities, pur­su­ing markedly dif­fer­ent cre­ative ca­reers.

Katie Bap­tiste ( left) and her sis­ter Amy Lynch show off parts of their first ma­jor col­lab­o­ra­tive art work, “Am­ple Pear”.

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