The Caselberg Trust announced today that its Creative Connections resident in 2016 will be Dunedin based artist Becky Cameron.
Becky is a recent graduate of the Otago Polytechnic School of Art, and is interested in ideas about landscape, belonging and home. Originally from England, she has travelled extensively before finally settling in New Zealand.
Her art practice is part of the exploring of new places and of making a home, whilst at the same time ‘unpicking’ the source of her response to these places. She uses drawing as her main tool, and works take the form of prints, small or large scale drawings or cut paper models. Becky seeks to use her art to make and explore connections between herself and others in a journey towards a more sustainable way of life.
Becky aims to work using low-impact and locally-sourced materials, and this is reflected in her Creative Connections residency project which will investigate, utilise and celebrate the local materials from the Otago Peninsula and specifically around Hereweka Harbour Cone.
“I am Interested in the layers of geography, history, memory and ideas, and want to explore these overlapping strata. I plan to produce drawings incorporating locally sourced materials such as earth pigments and charcoal, and use clay from the area to make ceramic artworks” Cameron says.
A key part of the residency project will be to build relationships with people and organisations who are the current guardians of Hereweka, and listening to their stories and knowledge of the area will feed into creating drawings and ceramics.
“The Caselberg Trust is delighted that Becky is going to be our Creative Connections Resident for 2016, and that she will be the first Dunedin based artist to have been selected for this residency” said Trust Chairperson Dr Janet Downs.
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), and Alex Taylor (2015).
Becky has shown her work extensively, and her work is well known in her home town of Dunedin. She will begin her three month residency in the early Autumn. Her work can be seen at http://www.beckycameronart.co.nz
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.