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Looking for Humpty Dumpty


Wed 10 Oct 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm
Thu 11 Oct 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm
Fri 12 Oct 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm
Sat 13 Oct 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm
Tue 16 Oct 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm

Where: Railway Street Studios, 8 Railway St, Newmarket, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: fionacable

Maggie McGregor processes and unpacks current events, political or personal, by manipulating paint, using form, line and dimension. Her initial emotional and mental response to an event, is to break it into parts, or like Humpty Dumpty, she finds it in pieces already.

She attempts to make some sense of it by building up layers, then wiping away, sometimes it remains in pieces – to be readdressed another day. The process is both organic and cathartic. Joining elements together, revealing the imperfect mark making and the incomplete. Finding the beauty in accidental spaces. There is power in imperfection, resulting in renewal and restoration.

For this exhibition we are looking predominantly at the aesthetic result of a cathartic act in visual art. Kintsugi is the age-old Japanese art form of repairing broken ceramics in a way that is often considered more beautiful than when it was when whole. This same philosophy can be applied to life. Following the philosophy of kintsugi, what becomes important is how we handle situations.

We hope to highlight how making work that has a cathartic impact is something many artists do regardless of what their ‘commercial’ practice is about, as well as reiterating its equal visual importance. It links all artists, and every human. It is a universal process – and is something that reiterates the widely held belief that every human has the potential to be creative.

Embrace the imperfections. Realize they are just as important as the rest.

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