Artis­tic trio ex­plore fe­male iden­tity

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A trio of artis­tic women will share the lime­light at an ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing in a Devon­port gallery, all by ac­ci­dent.

By happy co­in­ci­dence, three woman artists, with three in­di­vid­ual ex­hi­bi­tions that are the­mat­i­cally linked, have been sched­uled to open at the same time at Devon­port’s De­pot Artspace.

How­ever, artists Jac­que­line Macleod, Beatrice Carl­son and Robin Gib­son, are happy about the ac­ci­den­tal col­lab­o­ra­tion, in fact they are look­ing for­ward to it.

‘‘This is go­ing to be a great show’’, artist Jac­que­line Macleod said.

Each ex­hi­bi­tion is a cel­e­bra­tion of women or fem­i­nism in some way, us­ing dif­fer­ent artis­tic me­dia and themes.

Macleod said the three were not plan­ning to do any­thing to­gether but the ac­ci­dent is ‘‘blend­ing well’’.

‘‘Ev­ery­one brings his own peo­ple, but it will be won­der­ful to share,’’ Beatrice Carl­son said.

Carl­son is a French new-me­dia artist liv­ing in Devon­port, ex­plor­ing the loss of iden­tity to so­cial me­dia.

Her ex­hi­bi­tion, Un­wear­able: 2010 – 2017 WOW Ret­ro­spec­tive, is an ex­clu­sive ex­hi­bi­tion of her last seven en­tries into the renowned World of Wear­able Art (WOW) Awards.

Un­wear­able will also in­clude a se­lec­tion of Carl­son jew­ellery de­signs, ac­ces­sory de­signs and draw­ings.

‘‘It’s about women, it’s about iden­tity,’’ she said.

‘‘It's about women, it's about iden­tity.’’ Beatrice Carl­son

Sim­i­larly, Jac­que­line Macleod’s Mem­ory for $ale is about how net­work tech­nolo­gies af­fect com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

‘‘In terms of com­mu­nity it [tech­nol­ogy] brings us to­gether and pulls us apart,’’ she said.

Macleod ex­presses this through paint­ing, dig­i­tal works, pos­si­ble sculp­ture.

Robin Gib­son’s So­lace in Fa­mil­iar Things ex­plores the of­ten­times self-in­dul­gent con­sumerist so­ci­ety.

Gib­son’s paint­ings ob­serve char­ac­ters in re­la­tion to a love for ob­jects that so­ci­ety so greed­ily con­sumes and dis­poses of.

De­spite th­ese ob­jects hav­ing be­come the ac­ces­sories of our iden­tity.

Gib­son said her works are of­ten de­scribed as hu­mor­ous or sar­cas­tic, which she loves.

‘‘I like play­ing with cryp­tic things,’’ she said.

At­tend the open­ing event Novem­ber 10, from 6pm at De­pot Artspace, Devon­port.

Visit de­potartspace.co.nz for more in­for­ma­tion.

LAINE MOGER/STUFF

Artists Jac­que­line Macleod, Beatrice Carl­son and Robin Gib­son are happy to share a co­in­ci­den­tal col­lab­o­ra­tion.

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