You got to write a song and I got to be in it.
Kate NEWBY (b.1979)
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This work is a unique development of the artist’s practice in that it is made with materials and manufacturers local to New Zealand. However, it is also typical of her recent work in that it is an ambitious sculpture designed to hug the ground rather than stand vertically or be separated from the earth on a pedestal. In this regard it follows major works she has made at Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna and on Cockatoo Island for the Biennale of Sydney in 2018.
The sculpture has been conceived to be looked down upon, from various vantage points, but it can also be walked on and studied closely, where the visitor can enjoy the various marks and strokes very much as one might an abstract painting. In her choice of everyday materials and her decision to work horizontally, creating forms that are closely aligned to ordinary features of the built environment, Newby displays her allegiance to a mode of ‘anti-monumental’ sculptural practice that is a conscious rebuttal of traditional sculpture and its ambitions, at the same time creating new connections with her surroundings in a manner that blurs the boundaries between interior and exterior, architecture and art, and drawing attention to collaborative modes of making that challenge the idea of the singular artist-genius.
You can visit this work in the Hunter Courtyard on the Kelburn Campus.