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Beth Charles - High Tide & Laura Hudson - Plans


Wed 23 Oct 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 24 Oct 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 25 Oct 2013, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sat 26 Oct 2013, 10:00am–3:00pm
Tue 29 Oct 2013, 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 hosts a joint exhibition by two well-known Manawatu artists, Beth Charles and Laura Hudson recognised for their works on paper, textile art and artworks which often combine the two elements in a single work. Plans by Laura Hudson explores the possibilities that maps offer for navigating issues of memory, subjective experience and the imagination. Beth Charles’s High Tide is about water. It is fundamental to life on earth and, without it, everything would cease. Beth Charles and Laura Hudson are both exhibiting members of the Central Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and regularly exhibit at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts. Although not technically a collaborative exhibition of works on paper, Hudson and Charles both try to expand the boundaries of their preferred medium. This current exhibition is attests to both their basic skills and a willingness to experiment, ‘push the boundaries’ and to look at doing this type of artwork with new and possibly profound techniques. The joint exhibition will be celebrated with an opening on Friday evening 11th October from 5 – 7PM.

Laura Hudson writes about her work in this exhibition: “With their godlike aerial view, maps present an apparently dispassionate, objective view of the landscape but they can and do contain numerous opportunities for invention, bias, emotion, aspiration and the fabulous. Maps describe the future as well as the past. And they tell us how to get here from there as well as how to find ourselves stuck in a one-way street with no exit.” She continues: “These days we’re all on a journey of some sort and sometimes we have roadmaps or plans to guide and mislead us.”

In her artist’s statement Beth Charles writes: “Water moves endlessly above, across and below the surface of the Earth: As rivers it flows to the seas, evaporates to become clouds, and falls again as rain to feed the continents and oceans.” Beth quotes poet Hone Tuwhare who encapsulates the water cycle in this haiku: Stop/ your snivelling/ creek-bed:/ come rain hail/ and flood water// laugh again.

Beth Charles was born in England and came to New Zealand with her family in 1982. She holds a degree in Fine Arts from Wanganui Community Polytechnic (now UCOL) where she majored in printmaking. Beth continues to take courses annually at the Slade School of Arts in London. She has exhibited in New Zealand and internationally, winning several awards for her work. Ms Charles is represented in corporate and private collections in New Zealand including Massey University and Telecom and in collections in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Japan.

Laura Hudson was born in Ethiopia and grew up in England. She lived in Guyana for nearly a year and later in Jamaica for almost four years. She trained as a teacher of speech and drama and also studied City and Guilds Creative Embroidery at the Chelsea School of Art, England, receiving distinction in all three parts. Laura taught embroidery at the Jamaica School of Art, which catered for students from throughout the Caribbean. While in Jamaica she participated in several group shows. Since arriving in New Zealand in 1987, Laura has taught a variety of community classes in drawing, silk painting, screen-printing and machine embroidery. She has taken part in numerous exhibitions throughout New Zealand receiving numerous awards for her work.

Laura Hudson graduated from the Wanganui Regional Community Polytechnic (now Ucol) majoring in print making. She taught print making for several years at Ucol’s Masterton campus and elsewhere throughout New Zealand. Laura’s work has been shown in several exhibitions in the last few years at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts including Prints Petite & International Compact Prints 2012 (2013); Unfolding- Artist Books: Works in Series (2012). Laura, as a member of the Central Print Council, also conducted a Hands-on Monoprint Printing Workshop to accompany the Prints Petite show.

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