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Katherine Claypole - From her perspective

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Katherine Claypole
at Zimmerman Art Gallery
Until 31 Oct 2017

Added by Zimmerman

For the month of October 2017, Zimmerman Art Gallery is featuring 11 new works by Whanganui-based artist, Katherine Claypole.

The exhibition title, From her perspective, draws inspiration from Margaret Atwood's novel, The Handmaid's Tale:  

"What I need is perspective. The illusion of depth, created by a frame, the arrangement of shapes on a flat surface. Perspective is necessary. Otherwise there are only two dimensions. Otherwise you live with your face squashed up against a wall, everything a huge foreground, of details, close-ups, hairs, the weave of the bed sheet, the molecules of the face. Your own skin like a map, a diagram of futility, crisscrossed with tiny roads that lead nowhere. Otherwise you live in the moment. Which is not where I want to be.”

The works in this exhibition play with spatial relationships, cleverly juxtaposing collage with hand stitched forms. 

Vaguely nostalgic imagery is combined with futuristic forms, associating memory and the familiar with the uncertainty of the new and unknown.  

Drawing foremost on the artist’s skills in drawing and design, Claypole’s work also requires considerable technical dexterity, time and determination to complete.

This month’s exhibition includes Warts and All, a finalist in this year’s Parkin Drawing Prize

Featured images (all Katherine Claypole (2017), hand stitched thread drawing and found collage image on card, 630 x 490 mm):

- The Discovery
- That’s Just Not Possible
- Standing, Staring at the Walls
- From Their Perspective

Katherine Claypole – brief artist bio

Born in Hawkes Bay, Claypole holds a Master of Fine Arts (Painting) from Canterbury University School of Fine Arts (Christchurch) and a Bachelor of Design from Unitec Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Design (Auckland).

After seven years of lecturing in drawing at Whanganui UCOL, Claypole recently left teaching to pursue a full time career as an artist.

In addition to solo exhibitions in Christchurch, Auckland and Whanganui, Claypole has also participated in a number of group exhibitions and award shows. 

In 2011, Claypole was the winner of the Carey Smith & Co Whanganui Art Award at Sarjeant Gallery. In 2017, one of Claypole’s works was selected as a finalist in the Parkin Drawing Prize, New Zealand’s premier drawing award.

Claypole’s works are held in art collections across the country, including four works owned by the James Wallace Arts Trust.


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