Richard Mathieson

What inspires your art practice?
My sculpture is inspired by my life and experience of working as an artist in NZ. Individual works are inspired by the place and purpose that they are to serve though the works are on a continuum. My abstract practice is an ongoing investigation and expansion of the processes that I employ.

What materials do you work in?
Primarily bronze. The pattern of Strath is made of 432 plywood segments cut at the appropriate angles to achieve the curves. Evidence of the process is very much part of my practice. This one-pour bronze casting retains the texture of the sand mould. The patina is liver of sulphur with a dash of cupric nitrate, bees wax sealed. Strath is stamped RLM, edition # 3/5 and the dated 2018, the year the work was cast.

Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.
Strath (Gaelic for broad mountain valley) is a fresh casting of an older work from the floating landscape series I have been exploring since 2010. These abstract forms are visualised as if a section of land cuts itself free and floats away - the ever moving earth. Also an unmistakable nod to the mythical flying carpet.The outdoor works of the series are all shaped to have a basin that catches and holds water - bird baths in disguise !This exploration includes a number of small scale indoor bronzes that have been exhibited in Medal Art NZ shows at Artis Gallery. An edition of one of these works is showing in the Indoor Gallery.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
Artis Gallery,Parnell. Public works:
“Sprout”, Symonds Street, Auckland
“Turn”, Auckland Botanic Gardens
“Whirl”, Orewa College
“Arch”, Remuera Intermediate
“Whirl II”, Holmwood Road, Christchurch

Where did you study?
Elam School of Fine Arts

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