Nurturing is a theme throughout the collection of 15 new
works by Masterton artist Mandy Emerson, now exhibited
alongside a documentary about her in Artbay Gallery,
Gallery owner Pauline Bianchi said grand dresses, trees and
bird's nests represent a strong nurturing figure - nests
cradle the eggs, the tree cradles the nest and the mannequin
represents the female.
''The products that Mandy applies are all added in a series
of layers, giving them an almost vintage antique look as if
they have been stored away in an attic somewhere waiting to
be rediscovered, waiting to have the dust erased once again
in the home that they belong in.
"After all, the home and garden is a nurturing place.''
Emerson was highly commended in the mixed media section of
the National Women's Art Exhibition and won the New Zealand
Affordable Art Trust Signature Award.
She has sold more than 60 pieces in the NZ Art Show over five
years and she won the show's inaugural Signature Award, a
people's choice prize, in 2009.
Ms Bianchi said anyone visiting the gallery upstairs in the
Mountaineer building until January 5 can enter a draw to win
one of Emerson's original works.