Art makes do in tough times
An artistic group of friends are proving high art isn’t all about fancy paints and materials.
Instead, Suzanne Levesque, Tania Sunde and Joan Thurston are showing how to make the best with what they’ve got in their exhibition called Make Do, on now at community gallery Te Karanga on K Rd.
Mt Albert resident Suzanne says the idea is to show that art can be inexpensive.
“We’re all making do at the moment,” says Tania.
For her collection, called Over The Top Suits, Suzanne decorated suits bought from a local opshop with hibiscus flowers from a $2 store.
She hopes art students visiting the exhibition will discover that money for materials doesn’t have to be an issue.
“You don’t have to be rushing off to the shops to buy canvasses and paints every five minutes.”
The women, who met while studying at Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, say encouraging and supporting each other since leaving the school has been the key to keeping motivated.
“When you leave art school a lot of people don’t continue with it,” says Suzanne.
“But we’ve had this education, we’ve paid for it. We’ve got to use it.”
Tania’s piece in the exhibition, titled Sense of Place, is a celebration of living in Pt Chevalier for 17 years, she says.
Inspired by the area’s coastal landscape, the three canvasses are a collage of Tania’s own photographs and paintings, modelled on a map of the suburb. She says all four of her works in the exhibition represent Pt Chevalier in some way.
Tania, who has type 1 diabetes, says expressing herself through art has helped her deal a lot with the debilitating condition.
She says the diabetes, which is difficult to live with and requires four injections a day, has overtaken her life, but art has given her something positive to focus on.
In her work for the exhibition, Joan has used old fabrics and found objects such as shells and feathers she’s collected.
Make Do is on now at Te Karanga Gallery at 208 K Rd until March 31.
Budget art: Tania Sunde, left, and Suzanne Levesque with their pieces in the Make Do exhibition.