We are very excited to announce that Dunedin based artist/jeweller Victoria McIntosh has been selected as our Creative Connections Resident for 2017. We had an extremely difficult time with our selection this year, the quality of applicants was so high.
Victoria graduated from Otago Polytechnic School of Art in 2005, and describes her work as “weaving itself between jewellery and small scale sculptural works”. Her Caselberg Creative Connections residency project will build upon the theme of recent work shown in her solo shows Burnt (2016) and Blemish (2014), both at Masterworks Auckland.
Time for Tea? is the working title for her residency project, which will see McIntosh construct a series of small sculptural objects. “Following on from Blemish, I wish to continue my research into the body and societies often unrealistic expectations” said McIntosh, “I have worked with collected found materials, altering them in a way to create a new narrative for them”.
Blemish focused on the female body and social expectations. Burnt involved altering domestic objects in order to challenge the way we look at our familiar surroundings. Playing on the art historical reference of the female form as a vessel, and using teapots as a starting point, she will utilise her metal working skills to cut and alter their form, as well as bringing in textiles to create a softer flesh like element.
The community will be brought into McIntosh’s project by hosting a series of tea parties, and using these opportunities to share stories which she will use to weave narratives into her work. The project will conclude with a Dunedin based exhibition and a show at Avid in Wellington and Masterworks in Auckland.
The Caselberg Trust Creative Connections residency is specifically targeted for projects that reach out and make links across a variety of creative media, and professional disciplines, and/or to communities relevant to the planned project. Previous Creative Connections Residents have been Megan Jane Campbell (2012) and Pacific Underground (2013), Alex Taylor (2015), Becky Cameron (2016).
The Caselberg Trust purchased the Broad Bay, Dunedin home of the late John and Anna Caselberg in 2006, with the aim of hosting creative residencies in the house. Since inception, the Trust has held a variety of creative projects and events, as well as hosting a number of well-known New Zealand writers and artists at the cottage.
Please contact Trustee Robert West at firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile 027 608 0641 for further information, or www.caselbergtrust.org.