Face Value - Opens Today
Thistle Hall is a vibrant community centre in the heart of New Zealand's cultural capital. We provide a community hall, meeting room and Wellington's only community gallery showcasing a range of artists and crafts people, from the established to the emerging. Thistle Hall is located one the corner of Cuba and Arthur streets. The shows on at Thistle Hall Community Gallery are run by the artists who hire it.
23 - 29 JUNE 2008
Billie Mutton and Jane Bloxham
Opening 5.30pm Monday 23 June.
It's all about perception!
We are two artists exploring the ways we take ourselves and others at face value. Sometimes the wiring in our brain distorts our perception. It is these distortions we are exploring and illustrating in our artworks.
Billee Mutton is a textile artist using essentially this medium and exploring the perception of self image and the body. The mirrors in a fair ground attraction can distort the way we see ourselves, if our brain retains this impression, what happens? The issues of body beautification, alteration and cosmetic enhancement are impacting hugely on our society. Of particular concern is how this affects children.
Jane Bloxham also works in textiles and mixed media exploring the effects of dyslexia. Dyslexics describe how the letters can jump around the page, have difficulty in decoding language and are perceived to be slow learners. Jane attempts to mirror the confusion they must feel and to reflect the inherent free thinking and creativity they inevitably develop from a different perspective on the world.
Jane Bloxham and Billee Mutton are in the final year studying for a Bachelor of Applied Art (Visual Art) at Whitireia Polytechnic. Jane is also a high school technology teacher and Billee is a Wellington artist.
30 JUNE - 6 JULY 2008
Opening 5.30pm Monday 30 June. Then open daily 11.00am - 6.00pm.
A collection of work exploring the tradition and craft of painting, in search of a visual language to communicate the indescribable experiences of daily life.
Please see http://www.thistlehall.org.nz for more information