29/01/2011 by Sarah Ritchie
Acrylic on canvas, 51 cm x 145 cm (20″ x 57″)
DEDICATION: For Simon. Without you, this painting would be nothing…literally.
After approximately 45 hours of painting and countless hours of research and planning, our painting for the Estuary Artworks 2011 competition is complete. I do say “our painting”, for – although I put the paint to canvas – the finished work was a team effort with Simon – who poured a mammoth amount of research into this project and contributed a fountain of ideas.
The brief, for the competition, was as follows:
“This significant art competition, now in its fifth year, is open to all residents of New Zealand. Our aim, through the artworks, is for visitors to the exhibition to gain awareness of and appreciation for the [Tamaki] Estuary’s natural, cultural and geological features of regional and national significance and to motivate the communities to actively work together for its protection, enhancement and restoration. The judges will be looking for an original, informed and intelligent response to this theme.“
The brief is highly specific, and so the composition we have submitted is far more akin to a “commissioned work” than a “pretty picture”, which – as you can see – it certainly is not.
The arts centre curator will select the finalists from all the 2D and 3D works submitted (last year there were 90 submissions and 36 pieces selected). The finalists will be part of a month-long exhibition at the Uxbridge Art Centre (11 Feb – 10 Mar). I will certainly let you know if my piece has been selected!