Arrowtown artist Paul Sewter replicates Sisyphus, from Greek mythology but instead of a boulder, he carries one of his artworks. Photo by Christina McDonald.
Arrowtown artist Paul Sewter is preparing to climb seven
peaks with a series of his artworks in a specially made box
to display them most likely to ''an audience of just me''.
Mr Sewter hoped his journey to display his series, titled
The Myth of the Sisyphean Artist would begin on Pigeon
Island and end with the last artwork shown on Sisyphus Peak
near Lake Wanaka.
However, it was complete coincidence there was a peak named
after Sisyphus in Otago, as he had been thinking about such a
exhibition ''for quite a while''.
Mr Sewter specialises in digital painting and uses words to
create a virtual paintbrush on an electronic tablet.
''I've always been really interested in how art and
There were many reasons why he would be trekking with art on
''Going the traditional emerging artist route via galleries
is something that I really find inhibiting.''
In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was forced by the gods to push a
giant boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll down again, as
Mr Sewter referred to French philosopher Albert Camus, author
of The Myth of Sisyphus, who wrote the punishment was
misjudged because the activity gave Sisyphus purpose and he
could be happy in a state of contented acceptance.
''I'm echoing what Camus has said - I'm happy. Happy doing
what I'm doing because I love what I do - there's meaning and
The seven peaks Mr Sewter has earmarked for his latest
exhibition are: Pigeon Hill, Feeley Hill, German Hill, Mt
Beaton, Mt Rosa, Double Cone and Sisyphus Peak.