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Haerenga, The Journey


Thu 15 Apr 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 16 Apr 2010, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sat 17 Apr 2010, 10:00am–3:00pm
Mon 19 Apr 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tue 20 Apr 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, 33 George Street, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts proudly hosts an exhibition of glass and paintings by Palmerston North artist, Brenda Banks.

The exhibition is a visual expression based on the ‘journeys’ Brenda has undertaken since she began her art studies. Her definition for journey is “the process of travelling from one place to another and the experiences you have along the way.”

Brenda’s journeys include her on-going travel between Palmerston North and Wanganui to pursue her studies; her concern for the land and its transformation over the last 100 years and the importance of flax and its diminished presence on the landscape. Haerenga also addresses her journey of knowledge and discovery while studying Maori art and culture.

Brenda’s unexpected journey after diagnosis and subsequent treatment for breast cancer marked by the physical signs and side effects of this disease underlies all her recent work as does her spiritual connection with punga, the Maori name for anchor stones used to secure their wakas. “My glass and clay pungas represent the anchors we need in life so that we can stay focused on the journeys we all take.”

Brenda Banks graduated in 2008 from the Quay School of Arts, UCOL, Wanganui with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in glass. While studying for her BFA she had the opportunity to experience a variety of mediums including printmaking, photography, painting and sculpture. As part of her studies, Brenda has also investigated glass casting, slumping and of course hot glass making both solid and blown forms.

Her work reflects her keen interest in the design principles of simplicity and repetition. To extend her knowledge and technical skills that will allow her to further explore texture, pattern and colour, Brenda is continuing her studies at the Wanganui Glass School toward a Diploma in Glass Design and Production and the development of her own unique personal style of glass art.

After raising a family, Ms Banks returned to school to follow the urge to create and pursue her dream of becoming a full-time artist. In 2000 – 2001, she attended Awatapu College, Palmerston North as an adult student completing a 5th Form School Certificate in Art. The following year she passed 7th Form Bursary in Painting. In 2002/03, as a pakeha student, Brenda studied at the Maori Visual Art Department of Te Wananga O Aotearoa, Palmerston North achieving certificates in Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Art. At the Wananga she learned the technical skills required for making clay sculptures and for painting; she also studied Maori culture and language (Te Ara Reo).

Brenda has always had an artistic bent even before she took up her studies. She has worked in many craft mediums such as fabric and fabric painting, bone carving, paper making, lead lighting, jewellery, and photography, and has over ten years experience in quilt making. Ms Banks has worked in Sydney, Australia and has travelled in Europe, the Mid-East, Asia, Russia, Poland and the UK.

The artist is a member of the Wanganui Glass Group and has exhibited in the 2009 Wanganui Festival of Glass; her work is illustrated in the Wanganui Glass Group Directory. Brenda’s glass was shown in Glassworks at Square Edge Gallery (2009/10); a piece featured in the Manawatu Arts Review, Te Manawa, Palmerston North (2009) and in her graduate exhibition, Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye, Quay School of the Arts, Wanganui (2008). Previous exhibitions include the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Wanganui Festivals of Glass; the Wanganui Arts Review (2007) and the 2006 Re:Fraction, Outdoor Glass Sculpture Exhibition, Hamilton as well as required exhibitions during her Quay School BFA studies.

Haerenga, The Journey is Brenda Banks’ first exhibition at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts and as such is the start of a new journey for this talented Palmerston North artist.

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