Inside story on ‘A Box of Birds’

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION / NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Pataka’s an­nual Box Art ex­hi­bi­tion has a tipsy theme this year – en­trants must use a wine box to cre­ate their art­work, to tie in with an ‘‘Un-wined’’ theme.

Cam­borne graphic de­signer and sculp­tor Stephanie Drew is one of 40 artists who en­tered this year’s com­pe­ti­tion. Her piece, Box of Birds, plays with the idea of space by cre­at­ing a win­dow back­drop in the nar­row winebox, which is filled with clay feath­ers.

‘‘The bird’s flown the coop,’’ Mrs Drew says. ‘‘It was great fun play­ing with the idea of ‘ out­side inside’. It’s in­ter­est­ing be­cause you’re given the con­straints of a box and get to be very cre­ative.’’

Cre­at­ing the feath­ers took sev­eral tries to get the right look, she says.

‘‘I didn’t want to use real feath­ers – it would be too easy.’’

This is the third Box Art ex­hi­bi­tion. Mrs Drew has en­tered each year. She is par­tic­u­larly fond of her 2011 en­try, The Em­peror’s New Boxes, which con­sisted of rib­bons sur­round­ing an empty space where the box should have been.

The Box Art Show 2012 will run from Au­gust 16 to Septem­ber 2. Sales of the art­works will raise money to­wards an artist- in- res­i­dence scheme.

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