En­try com­mended

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By LAU­REN PRI­EST­LEY

Art is the best lan­guage for John Ward Knox.

The 30-year-old Free­mans Bay artist was one of five fi­nal­ists in the 2014 Parkin Draw­ing Prize – the pre­mier New Zealand award for draw­ing – against 453 other en­tries.

He missed out on the top spot but took home a highly com­mended award on Au­gust 6 with his en­try The Poems of James K Bax­ter Typed On A Sin­gle Point.

The piece was done on a type­writer with Ward Knox typ­ing out 50 poems, let­ter-by-let­ter and back-spac­ing between each, so the ink even­tu­ally cre­ated a hole in the pa­per. It took a solid week of typ­ing, he says.

‘‘There were all th­ese tiny lit­tle phys­i­cal marks, things that hap­pen with a piece of pa­per when you’re typ­ing over time.

‘‘The words end up dis­ap­pear­ing and the thing that re­mains is the ef­fect of them.

‘‘In a way the work I was do­ing was a re­flec­tion of a cre­ative life that ends.’’

Ward Knox com­pleted his stud­ies at Elam School of Fine Arts in 2008.

He is now based in a stu­dio on Karanga­hape Rd and holds down three jobs to keep his pas­sion go­ing.

Having art awards are good for the artis­tic com­mu­nity, Ward Knox says.


Arty life: John Ward Knox says be­com­ing an artist was a ‘‘fore­gone con­clu­sion’’. In­set: The Poems of James K Bax­ter Typed On A Sin­gle Point.

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