Amer­i­can artists at Whi­tireia cam­pus

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

The Whi­tireia vis­ual arts and de­sign depart­ment is host­ing two pro­fes­sors from Idaho’s Boise State Univer­sity as part of its artists in res­i­dence pro­gramme.

Caro­line Ear­ley and Kate Walker ar­rived at the Whi­tireia cam­pus in Porirua this month for a six-week res­i­dency, dur­ing which they will work with arts fac­ulty staff and stu­dents to men­tor and model arts­based prac­tices.

Whi­tireia has pro­vided the artists with a stu­dio, wall space and a kiln to make fin­ished works.

Ear­ley is a pro­fes­sor of ce­ram­ics and Walker is a pro­fes­sor of in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary art.

Both have ex­hib­ited their work around the world, in­clud­ing in New Zealand.

‘‘We’ve of­ten talked about the sim­i­lar so­cial and po­lit­i­cal ideas as­so­ci­ated with our work, in terms of art as a way of en­gag­ing with con­tro­ver­sial ideas,’’ Walker said.

‘‘ The works in this pro­ject all re­late to LGBTQ [les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual, trans­gen­der, queer] con­ver­sa­tions in a sub­tle way.’’

Ear­ley said the col­lab­o­ra­tive as­pect was also a big part of the con­ver­sa­tion.

‘‘ You’re mak­ing in­cur­sions into some­one else’s ter­ri­tory in a way. At first I thought, ‘You want to draw on my pieces?’. But once she did, I re­alised they were even bet­ter.’’

Walker said they would be hold­ing an in­ten­sive work­shop with stu­dents, at which they would dis­cuss col­lab­o­ra­tion and the in­flu­ence of lo­ca­tion and place.

Ear­ley noted that while their pro­ject had a gen­eral frame­work, it could take a sharp turn at any time, based on some­thing they saw or ex­pe­ri­enced.

‘‘This is the power of be­ing con­nected to the lo­cal,’’ she said.

The Amer­i­cans’ res­i­dency fin­ishes on July 25.

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