Tiffany makes new rules at the gallery
There are no velvet ropes or glass cases in sight at the Auckland Art Gallery’s Creative Learning Centre as Tiffany Singh continues to push the boundaries of what is considered art.
The Mt Albert artist’s latest participatory exhibition May the Rainbow Always Touch Your Shoulder is showing until the end of this year and will give gallery visitors a chance to get hands-on with the work’s creative process.
Her form of ‘‘coauthorship’’ allows for the works to take on a life of their own, she says.
Natural objects cast in beeswax, flowers, spices and ribbons all have a place in the installation which is the second to occupy the space since the redeveloped gallery opened in 2011.
Over the course of the year-long installation the room itself will become part of the work as its painted walls are transformed with a different colour every two months.
Ms Singh says she is unsure how people will respond to the prospect of interacting with an exhibition in such a formal environment.
‘‘People have been taught that you don’t engage with artworks in galleries,’’ she says.
‘‘So there will be a kind of re-education that you can pick it up, you can touch it, you can smell it, you can make it make a sound.’’
The 33-year-old, who is of European, Maori, Pacific Island and Indian descent, says the underlying concept behind her work is community and healing.
‘‘I miss the East and the way the sacred permeates everything,’’ she says.
‘‘Back there the spiritual is a part of daily life whereas here it’s very separate and you have to go somewhere to enter that space.’’
Gallery programme manager Roger Taberner says Ms Singh uses different materials and icons in her work to promote cultural inclusivity and understanding.
‘‘This artwork will encourage visitors to share their views and gain a new appreciation of the world around them,’’ he says.
Go to aucklandcityharbour news.co.nz and click on Latest Edition for a video of Tiffany Singh’s recent exhibition in Sydney.