Bending the Rules
Two sisters, a sculpture festival, and one “Ample Pear”.
When sisters Amy Lynch and Katie Baptiste are asked the name of their first major collaborative art work, they laugh. The painted metal sculpture they’re creating is called “Ample Pear”, and ample it will be, at more than two metres high and one metre at its widest point.
The artistic pair came up with the idea over a sketching session on a roll of wallpaper. “It was funny for both of us as it was a gut reaction to the lines of the paper,” says Baptiste. “I guess we could envision what those suggestions of curvature could become.”
The finished piece will be on display amidst an expanse of poppies and wildflowers at the Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition, alongside works by some 70 other New Zealand artists (7-11 November, wildflowersculpture.com). Held at Round Pond, a four-hectare private garden on the rural outskirts of Hastings, the popular biennial event has attracted 20,000 visitors since its debut in 2008.
Until two years ago, when Baptiste, 41, moved to Hawke’s Bay, the sisters lived in separate cities, pursuing markedly different creative careers: Baptiste in Wellington as a materials design consultant for Bentley and Audi (and previously as an interior designer for the hospitality sector in the UK); Lynch, 39, as senior designer at David Trubridge’s design studio in Whakatū. “It’s been lovely to come together and work on our first major creative project, particularly because we bring different skills and knowledge to the table,” says Lynch.
The sisters were raised in a leafy, quiet Sussex village – not unlike Havelock North, where Lynch now lives – and were influenced by their father, who can turn his hand to anything from restoring cars to building houses. Lynch, a freelance creative since leaving the Trubridge studio last year, moved to New Zealand in 2004. Baptiste, who’s now a freelance designer, followed a decade later.
Given Lynch’s strength is in building three- dimensional sculptures, she’s led the construction of “Ample Pear”.
“This morning, I showed Katie how to work with particular tools, polishing up a trial piece,” she says. “It was exciting to see her get great satisfaction from that.”
Until two years ago the sisters lived in separate cities, pursuing markedly different creative careers.
Katie Baptiste ( left) and her sister Amy Lynch show off parts of their first major collaborative art work, “Ample Pear”.