Jeet is an International student in New Zealand. For this final year project, Jeet decided to research the 16th century Indo-Persian miniature paintings.
In these strange times with closed borders, Jeet’s Thoughts of Images is a series of seven gouache and ink paintings, a search for heritage. His tiny little worlds without borders, as he likes to call them, are informed by aspects of the traditional Mughal miniature painting, literature and art history.
I am a runaway. I run away from home at an early age, I have run away from relationships and even been a runaway bride. Today I am still a runaway, however it is more a running away from my thoughts, or is it that I am just running from myself?
I have created work with drawing and plaster blocks, responding to my personal memories and the materiality of things. Plaster is a material that can be manipulated in many ways,’ it is soft and fragile (once it is dry) and unexpectedly heavy. Blocks can hinder or stop movement, can block out a problem a memory a time, a place, or an anchor.
In 2020 life hasn’t exactly been giving me lemons, per se, so much as intense anxiety surrounding our society’s systemic wastefulness - the result, as you might imagine is nothing like lemonade. Scavenging scrap materials from Nelson’s commercial dumpsters I have created a series of sculptural assemblages that explore notions of identity and sustainability in twenty-first century Aotearoa.
A genetic ethnicity test identified Cristina Rule’s Mesoamerican ancestral heritage. This knowledge along with some traditional Guatemalan textiles inherited from family inspired a series of prints and needle felt works which explore Pre-Columbian Mayan symbology, DNA visualisations, colour perception and optical effects.
Whilst in lockdown, due to the spread of Coronavirus, I Initially felt very lost with the direction my studio work. I became unmotivated having to be at home for weeks. This began to make me feel down, and unsure of what I was doing, not only with my creative practice, but within myself.
After having this time of reflection, I chose to embrace the uncomfortable and uncertain situation we were all in, and attempt to capture what was happening. So, I went walking with my camera in the empty streets and recorded aspects that intrigued me.
As a graphic designer and someone who loves looking after my skin and cares about the ingredients that I put on it, I decided to design the packaging and marketing for my own natural, sustainable skincare brand.
I have designed a cookbook based on the food my mother would prepare for us growing up in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Her recipes encompass generations of traditional Zimbabwean food preparation processes and ingredients, with her adaptions to life in the diaspora.
I am using illustrations and comics to express the special connection between people and pets. My A4 size posters depict the intimacy between six pets and six people. The content of the comic is about the first encounter with my own cat, various comedic moments, and some knowledge that I only learned once I had raised a cat.
Linda Dimitrievski’s work ‘Together / Apart’ reflects on shared impressions during the nation-wide lockdown due to Covid-19.
Using fabric, Linda evokes her own experience of the divide of body and mind, set in the context of daily Zoom meetings in contrast with the corporeal existence within our ‘bubbles’.
She pits pixelated heads, bobbing around in a digital imaginarium, against the physical actuality of distance and the impact this has had.
In the age of consumerism, mass media and countless external stimuli, how does one achieve a harmonious sense of self, independent of these factors? Is there a space between the obligations and demands of our everyday existence for the expression of a true self?
Georgia Elliston’s works reflect on these questions, using surreal juxtapositions to illustrate the absurdity of a world with such skewed priorities.