Who’s who

Reverie 2 by Michelle BackhouseMichelle Backhouse 
Born 1962.
B.F.A., Ilam School of Art, Christchurch, 1985.

She lives in Otaki and makes sculpture and site specific installations
often involving wire and paper pulp.

For this event she will make a new site specific using wire netting.

Detail of weaving by Elaine BevanElaine Bevan
Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Tūkorehe, Ngāti Wehiwehi.
She lives in Otaki and for the past 25 years has woven with harakeke, pīngao and other plants.
She has a Bachelor of Design & Art now known as Poutuarongo Toi Whakarākai from Te Wānanga o Raukawa, 2001.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Currently she shares a teaching position in Heke Toi Whakarākai (Diploma in Design & Art) at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. Elaine’s “Kei Te Tārai O Te Whenua” page

Birds Nest by Debra BustinDebra Bustin
Born in 1957, she lives in Otaki.

She is well known as an installation artist as well as a muralist with works in many major collections.
She often works in the community as well as in art education.
For this event she will create a site specific installation.

Matt Pine
Born 1941, Whanganui. Te Ati Haunui-a-Paparangi, Te Atiawa, Ngati Tuwharetoa.
B.F.A. Elam, Auckland, 1962.

He will bring some existing works to hang and to place, as well as create ‘ecologocial’ sitings combining banners, poles and materials from the location. See Matt’s “Kei Te Tārai O Te Whenua” page

Sen McGlinn
Born 1956, Christchurch. He has lived in the Netherlands since 1989.
Sen has studied English Literature, Theology (B.A. (hons) Otago University) and Islamic Studies (Leiden University, The Netherlands) and had published 3 volumes of poetry by 1988.
He has been exhibiting his constructions in wood and/or metal or found objects which often have traces in literature or text since 1993.

Adrienne SprattAdrienne Spratt
Born 1966, Paraparaumu. Of Czech, Irish and Scottish descent. Lives in Waikanae.
She is a raranga weaver in harakeke, pīngao + kiekie.
She worked in harakeke (flax) and other materials.
See what she made: The site specific woven – “Te Kahu o patupaiarehe I tenei māra”
or view her bio page here

Filipe TohiSopolemalama Filipe Tohi
Born in 1959, Ngeleia Nuku’alofa, Tonga. He has lived in Aotearoa | New Zealand since 1978.
He now lives in Auckland. Filipe’s website

His sculpture in metal, stone, wood or textiles is based on the ancient Pacific form of lalava (lashing)
used for joining and binding materials together.

View his work for “Kei te tārai o te whenua”: Two Taranaki andesite stone sculptures 

Brenda TuutaBrenda Tuuta
Iwi: Ngati Mutunga; Moriori
She is presently a Raranga Kaiako at Te Wananga o Aotearoa in Papaioea (Palmerston North) as well as completing a Masters in Maori Visual Arts.
See what she made: The site specific woven – “Te Kahu o patupaiarehe I tenei māra”
or view her bio page here

Sonja van Kerkhoff
Born in 1960, Hawera, Taranaki. Of Dutch, Irish. Isle of Man and Scottish descent. She has been based in the Netherlands since 1989 and she works in various media – performance, installation, sculpture, printmaking.
Sonja’s website
For this event she will reconstruct “Rubbish Blooms” where she transforms plastic garbage into floating flowers.

Joy Wilkie
Joy Wilkie is our host and co-ordinator with Sonja of “Kei Te Tārai O Te Whenua”.
Her property and home has been run as “Otaki Forks Artspace” since 2010. About Otaki Forks Artspace


One comment

  1. Hi everyone, had a great day at your exhibition this weekend. Great work by Michelle and enjoyed the variety of outdoor sculpture. The Sun dial was well done…

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