Nine artists respond in different textural interpretations gallery

Ana Aceves with works for the Texture exhibition at The Old Post Office in Upper Moutere.
Marion van Dijk

Ana Aceves with works for the Texture exhibition at The Old Post Office in Upper Moutere.

Fleur Woods had an idea. What if she asked nine different artists to respond to the word texture? What sort of works would they make? Would their individual responses fit together as a cohesive whole? She expects an eclectic response, one that would create interest because of the diversity. The results will be revealed this Sunday at the opening of Texture at the Old Post Office in Upper Moutere.

"I really liked the idea of an eclectic kind of show, and the aesthetic of a busy gallery wall," says Woods. " I think people generally have that on their walls at home, works in different sizes and mediums, so that's what I'm going for here. The variety and smaller sizing makes the pricing accessible as well."

Artists curated by Woods who will exhibit in Texture are Ana Aceves, Cate Murphy, Georgia Barber, Jamie Brown, Larisse Hall, Michael Potter, Monique Richards, Rachel Brown and Soph Holt.

Although Woods won't know how the works will look until they're hung together in the next few days, she does know all the artists involved, loves their individual work and is looking forward to seeing the eclectic mix together.

"I wanted to have different mediums, from photography and ceramics to paintings; this allows for different shapes and sizings on the walls, that's exciting and fun."

Ana Aceves is one of the nine artists in the show. Trained as a graphic designer, Aceves creates intricate designs, themed with arabic archways, mandalas, foliage and detailed fretwork, drawn by hand then manipulated using Adobe Illustrator. She then layers these over water colour paintings, which are mounted in box frames, creating 3-dimensional dioramas. 

Her 8 works for the show , titled From Within, are made as pairs. One is from the view-point of someone looking into the work, the other, inside looking outward.

"The idea behind the works is that we never see reality as it is," says Aceves. "We never really know what people are seeing when they see us, everything is blurred by their own experiences."

The designs are scanned into a paper stencil cutter, a new acquisition for Aceves, which digitally cuts the patterns perfectly out of light weight card.

"The paper cutter has opened new doors for me," says Aceves. "I always wanted to play with dimensional layers, and this machine gives me more time to focus on designs rather than cutting, so it makes it easier."

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Texture, Ana Aceves, Cate Murphy, Georgia Barber, Jamie Brown, Larisse Hall, Michael Potter, Monique Richards, Rachel Brown and Soph Holt, The Old Post Office, Upper Moutere Village, opens Sunday April 19, 2pm - 4pm, all welcome, to May 24. RSVP: contact@fleurwoodsart.com

 - Stuff

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