Branch Office (2013) by Alexandra sculptor Sonia Keogh.
A pair of contemporary artists, one from the North Island
and one from the South attended the opening of their
exhibitions in Kapa Design Gallery and Toi o Tahuna art gallery
Sculptor Sonia Keogh, of Alexandra, made her Kapa debut with
a display of 15 sculptures for her show Aarpi.
Digital visual and ceramic artist Ema Frost, of Auckland,
supplied about 15 digital works on paper and ceramics under
the title New Works upstairs in Toi o Tahuna.
To create her sculptures, Keogh said she builds them up by
moulding polymer clay over a metal armature, bakes the
figures in an oven, then paints by hand.
Since 2012, she has been creating playful creatures with
human characteristics and mannerisms.
They are called ''Aarpi'' and are made from ceramic clay.
Keogh's work made the finals of the 2003 Wallace Art Awards.
She won the Central Otago Art Society/SBS Art Exhibition in
Frost said she ''loves intense, vibrant, pop-py colours that
bring a sense of enchantment to art and to life''.
Hine (2013) by Auckland digital graphic artist Ema Frost.
She is inspired by Japanese art from the past and
present, whether it be packaging, toy design, 1940s and 1950s
advertising, or wood-block prints. She said her passion for
travel and photography also influences her design work.
''But my travels also give me an appreciation for my home
country, New Zealand, and our native flora and fauna is also
a strong influence and inspiration,'' Frost said.