Artist enjoys southern switch

SARAH MCCARTHY
Last updated 11:24 23/06/2014
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William Hodges artist in residence Sam Mitchell.

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It's quite a leap from painting to ceramics but Sam Mitchell, the 2014 William Hodges Fellow, has done just that.

Primarily a painter, Mitchell was encouraged to join Invercargill Potters when she took up her residency in Invercargill.

"I had done it before, years ago," she said.

"Now my whole body of work is pottery."

From a grotesquerie mug - complete with corncob pipe - to platters adorned with pictures of the Invercargill Club or delicately beautiful skulls, her work has been inspired by the city she has grown to love since arriving in March.

She's spoken with GreyPower, Dreamweaver Liz Miller and her fellow Invercargill Club members as part of her search for inspiration.

"There have been really helpful people keen to tell me stories."

An exhibition featuring work from some of the William Hodges Fellowship's 44 past and present artists in residence, including Mitchell's, opened at the City Gallery in Don St last week.

Mitchell's sole exhibition of her residency work will open at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery on July 18.

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- The Southland Times

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