|Baobab Forest by Hollis Chatelain|
For her talk Hollis was considering ’The Emotion of Color’ (How it affects activism in art).
Having moved from professional photography, and having had painting as an interest then spending many years in Africa, Hollis returned to her native USA. On her return she began to express herself through painted textiles and quilts. Her first works were highly realistic versions of her photographs and memories, expressing the beauty and diversity, colour and liveliness of the place, concentrating on the people she was so in love with. She made a conscious choice to represent the positive aspects of her time and life in Africa. More recently she has been quilting her dreams, still in the form of realistic forms, though less littoral in composition and with a message, one which draws both on personal and world themes including social and political realities.
|Enough by Hollis Chatelain|
|A fantail, larger than life, greets us at the beginning of the trail. A cheeky, abundant, NZ bird.|
|A slightly shyer and much rarer native bird, the Kiwi, forages in the undergrowth.|
The sculptures are discovered while strolling through the gardens, the bush track and past the ponds behind a garden centre. There is an entry charge, but it is very reasonable.
|Lovely textures on these figures growing gently out of the leaf litter.|
|I am a sucker for tall thin sculptures especially in gardens. These ceramic poles have impressions rolled into them of native flora.|
|Now I know why I collect beach glass and drink wine!|
|A recycled wire sculpture based on diatoms and plankton - a reminder of my marine biology training.|
|These simple oil barrels are transformed by the addition of Maori patterns and making lacey holes in the remaining space. This piece worked really well from a distance, close up and as you walked around it.|
|Capturing views and light through created negative space.|
|Brian enjoys the view!|