Otago Daily Times

‘‘Stu­dio 9A’’, var­i­ous artists

(Mil­ford Gal­leries, Queen­stown)

- Arts · Animals · Wildlife

IN steel and cor­ru­gated iron, a bird spreads its wings, ev­ery mus­cle poised for move­ment, with a dy­namism and grace that be­lies the so­lid­ity of its con­struc­tion. Han­nah Kidd has long been known for her in­cred­i­ble sculp­tures of birdlife, an­i­mals and peo­ple, taking scraps of metal and cre­at­ing gor­geous crea­tures that soar from their ori­gins like the prover­bial phoenix from the ashes. There is a fas­ci­nat­ing du­al­ity with all Kidd’s work, where her in­dus­trial ma­te­ri­als ex­ist along­side el­e­gant lines and a warm em­pa­thy of sub­ject mat­ter. The artist makes no at­tempt to hide the con­struc­tion of each piece, leav­ing bolts and joins and weld­ing lines as a fun­da­men­tal part of the aes­thetic, but it never looks pieced to­gether; rather, as if ev­ery small piece of iron was al­ways des­tined for this beau­ti­ful fi­nal form.

Kidd’s sculp­tures are joined in the ‘‘Stu­dio 9A’’ ex­hi­bi­tion at Queen­stown’s Mil­ford Gal­leries by the works of mul­ti­ple artists, in­clud­ing the very dif­fer­ent birds of Ta­nia Pat­ter­son, which

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