Match­boxes light up art

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

With works rang­ing from the blood and sand of Tiki Taane to a pink bala­clava-clad Vladimir Putin it’s clear that artists for this auc­tion were think­ing out­side the box.

Artists, mu­si­cians, de­sign­ers and celebri­ties in­clud­ing Dave Dob­byn, Tiki Taane, Lucy Lawless and Jon Too­good were given a match­box by Amnesty In­ter­na­tional and asked to cre­ate some­thing on the mini can­vas.

More than 50 creations are now up for grabs on Trade Me un­til Fri­day rais­ing funds to help pro­tect hu­man rights.

Scal­ing down a large paint­ing to a can­vas mea­sur­ing just 5cm by 7cm was no easy feat for New­ton-based artist and graphic de­signer Nigel Smith.

‘‘Some of my paint­ings are huge so this was quite a chal­lenge. Some peo­ple have done this in­cred­i­bly com­plex stuff – it’s really im­pres­sive.’’

His piece All Things Are On Fire, a vari­a­tion on a larger paint­ing of his, is made of two boxes joined to­gether and took about six hours to cre­ate.

‘‘I was think­ing about my as­so­ci­a­tion with matches. It comes back to mis­spent youth – smok­ing and play­ing in rock bands – so this rock’n’roll kind of im­agery with the skull with the head­phones was kind of ap­pro­pri­ate.’’

Fel­low graphic de­signer Caitlin MacDon­ald struck up her own idea for the project.

The Grey Lynn res­i­dent has con­verted a match­box into a pin­hole cam­era.

‘‘It’s a work­ing cam­era so you can take a pic­ture and de­velop the film,’’ she says.

Go to stores/amnestyin­ter­na­tional to check out the de­signs.

See auck­land­c­ity har­ for im­ages of the art­works.


Strike a pose: Graphic de­sign­ers Caitlin MacDon­ald, left, and Nigel Smith have cre­ated match­box art to be auc­tioned for Amnesty In­ter­na­tional.

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