39— Across the Land ($325)
Faith Thomas

39

Mezzotint and graphite

Artist bio
Originally from Auckland I completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Printmaking major in 1982 from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University.
I have lived in the Waikato for 18 years working from Paperartzi Studio in Cambridge. I have exhibited throughout New Zealand for over 30 years and have contributed to shows in England, Japan, Germany and America.
Although I generally work with the intaglio techniques of etching and mezzotint my recent works have been increasingly moving into the fields of mixed media and sculpture. I enjoy the juxtaposition of collage, found objects and traditional Printmaking techniques.
As a frequent visitor and volunteer guide at Waitakaruru Sculpture Park I have found working in this environment a pleasure and a challenge to convey the vast variety of textures, shapes and elements, manmade and natural within the boundary of my chosen paper size. I hope you enjoy the work and allow it to bring a small part of the park into your personal space.

Initially I chose to draw in the Rock Garden, attracted by the curvilinear shapes of the agaves and their intensely dark shadows which I envisioned working well in the mezzotint medium.
I wanted to incorporate sculptural images into the work and by the afternoon I was drawing Doug Neil’s “Celestial Canoes” a work I come back to time and time again. The Timaru Bluestone surfaces are seductive and brought to mind tapa cloth imagery I have worked with in the past.
My works honour Doug’s sculpture and moves beyond into relationships with the land at Waitakaruru Sculpture Park, nature and cultural symbolism. The flow of shapes calls to mind time, past, present and future and the fleeting transient relationship we have with the land and what we leave behind.

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