Hands-on art a winner
A box of wishes and fantasies has entranced Porirua, winning a popular choice prize in Pataka’s recent Box Art exhibition.
Raumati South artist Debbie Pointon won a top-notch bottle of champagne for her artwork, entitled The Merchant of Marvels and Peddler of Dreams after her favourite book of the same name.
Her intricate cabinet-like box is filled with recreations of the gifts book character Frederick Knick-Knack gives to his beloved Alice – a ticket for 1001 flights on a magic carpet, a vial of tear liqueur from the king of crocodiles, and a golden key which opens up a secret world of dreams, among many others.
‘‘Whatever gift you might want, that’s very special, he can get it for you,’’ Ms Pointon says.
The box had plenty of moving parts to delight onlookers – if you clapped a bird began cheeping, and there was a wind-up handle that played a tune.
Ms Pointon clearly knows how to engage the public – her 2011 Box Art entry Pandora’s Box won the people’s choice gong too.
‘‘My secret is I engage myself. I do what I love. I don’t set out to win anything,’’ Ms Pointon says. ‘‘I love creating and if other people enjoy it, that’s fantastic.’’
Her own dearest wish is to take tea in Paris, she says.
‘‘I’d like to just get on a plane and just go and get tea in Paris, and come back. Just for the hell of it.’’
Box Art organiser and Friend of Pataka Carolyn Wallace says there was always a queue in front of Ms Pointon’s box, waiting to have a go interacting with the artwork.
This was the last year of the Box Art exhibition. From 2013 it will be replaced by an art awards exhibition open to any art form from painting, Ms Wallace says.
Box of dreams: Artist Debbie Pointon won Pataka’s Box Art people’s choice award for her cabinet of fantasies, and received a top bottle of bubbly for her efforts from exhibition organiser Carolyn Wallace.