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In my art practice I am interested in the potential of architectural and industrial structure as inspiration to create semi-representational sculptural form.  Using innovative and adaptive creative processes I am looking to forms that have potential to generate an effective sculptural awareness which is heightened by a shift in environment.

The geometry of object and space and the creation of powerful and elegant three-dimensional objects motivate me.  Working intuitively, getting beyond the surface of consciousness to resolve work that feels right in terms of scale, proportion and finish.

My intention is not to be specific about any story or load the work with particular narrative, but to allow the viewer to interpret any association or connection for themselves.  In this manner I want the work to provoke recognition and narrative but ask also that they be read as abstract form in their own right.  Shapes that perhaps lurk at the edge of recognition, alluding to things or states of being without fully representing them.

Timber is my predominant material of choice, using its expressive qualities to heighten a sense of presence in the work.  The narrative which lies in the making of the work is also an important aspect, a part which adds to the sum of the final outcome.  Other materials used in my work have included natural fibre rope and steel. 

The recent “Useful Tasks” series of work is part of my PhD practice based research with The Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. 

MFA, Sculpture.                                                                     University of Canterbury. Christchurch, NZ.

 

Post Graduate Diploma, Visual and Material Culture.            Massey University. Wellington, NZ.

 

Bachelor of Design, Spatial Major (Architectural Studies).     CPIT. Christchurch, NZ.

 

EXHIBITIONS.

2015

Useful Tasks #5 & #6

Webb Gallery. Brisbane, Australia.

2015

Useful Tasks #4  (Group)

LMTD Space Gallery. Gold Coast, Australia.

2015

Useful Tasks #3

WhiteBox Gallery, Gold Coast, Australia.

2014

Useful Tasks #1 & #2

WhiteBox Gallery, Gold Coast, Australia.

2013

Aitken – Aitken – Aitken (Group)

Sumner Art Window, Sumner, NZ

2013

Out of the Work Comes the Work (Group)

Chambers 241.  Christchurch. NZ.

2012

NZ Writers Guild Exhibition (Group)

CPIT, Christchurch, NZ

2012

A Preoccupation of Other Things

Chambers 241.  Christchurch. NZ.

2012

Master Plan (Group)

SoFA Gallery. Christchurch. NZ.

2012

An Unwanted Visitor in the Dark

SoFA Gallery. Christchurch. NZ.

2011

Form  (Group)

SoFA Gallery. Christchurch. NZ.

2011

Heavy Pattern  (Group)

SoFA Gallery. Christchurch. NZ.

2011

Things that occur nearly in common, specific objects

SoFA Gallery. Christchurch. NZ.

2010

Canterbury Glass Artists  (Group)

Centre of Contemporary Art.  Christchurch, NZ.

2009

As the Strangeness of Everything Grew Louder

Centre of Contemporary Art.  Christchurch, NZ.

2008

Everything is the same, even if it is different

NG Gallery.  Christchurch, NZ.

2007

The Ultimate Landscape  (Group)

Galley 13.  Minneapolis, MN. USA.

2007

What Lies Beneath

Centre of Contemporary Art.  Christchurch, NZ.

2006

About Glass  (Group)

Friesen Gallery.  Seattle, WA, USA.

2005

CPIT Glass  (Group)

Canterbury Museum.  Christchurch, NZ.

2005

Cast in Glass  (Group)

Little River Gallery.  Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, NZ.

2005

CA--

Centre of Contemporary Art.  Christchurch, NZ.

2004

Safe as Houses

Centre of Contemporary Art.  Christchurch, NZ.

2002

Sculptural Wall Works

The Globe.   Christchurch, NZ.

2001

Photographic

The Globe.   Christchurch, NZ.

 

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS.

2015

University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Artist in residence, School of Biological Sciences.

Outback Ecology Field Studies.  Idalia National Park.  Queensland.

2013

Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

Postgraduate Research Scholarship.

2005

Pilchuck Glass School. Stanwood, WA, USA.

Scholarship to attend class with Thermon Statom at Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, USA.

2004

Bullseye Glass Co. Portland, OR, USA.

Scholarship to attend class for educators in glass at Bullseye Glass Co. Portland, OR, USA.

2002

CPIT Foundation. Christchurch, NZ.

Scholarship to attend classes and conference in glass at North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, Scotland, UK.

 

OTHER BUSINESS.

2005

2005

2004

2004

2003

2003

2002

2002

Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, USA.

Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, USA.

Bullseye Glass Co.  Portland, OR, USA.

Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, USA.

Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, USA.

Wanganui Polytechnic. Wanganui, NZ.

North Lands Creative Glass. Scotland, UK.

North Lands Creative Glass. Scotland, UK.

Class with Thermon Statom (USA).

Teaching assistant to Judy Hill (USA).

Class for educators in glass.

Teaching assistant to Judy Hill (USA).

Teaching assistant to Lou Lynn (Canada).

Class with David Reekie (UK).

Class with Richard Meitner (USA).

Class with Irene Frolic (Canada).

 

 
  Lani