Samantha Lissette

What inspires your art practice?
My work explores the relationship between ‘designed’ elements in the natural world and man’s adaptation of them – merging organic and constructed ideas, exposing an innate link between the two. There is a strong narrative quality to my sculpture, questioning aspects of the human condition; often employing humour or irony. The diversity and design within nature provides me with an infinite source of ideas. There are endless correlations of nature’s design principals within man made objects. These abstractions offer inspiration for new object making. Combining natural forms with man made forms offers a new way to see objects and a new way to tell a story.

What materials do you work in?
Cast Bronze, silver and wood

Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.
In Ephemeral State, a little blue penguin stands in a deconstructed state, melting into the land it stands upon. This piece explores ideas around impermanence. We live in an ever-changing world, and our present climate for change appears to be speeding up. We are looking at species on the point of, or the threat of extinction. This has drawn my attention to change in my own life and what the passing of time brings. Fugutive Landscapes is a surrealist work, looking at sustainable eco systems, evolving habitats as well as reflecting human concerns, the nature of personal realities and a sense of placement.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
Public and corporate commissions, most notably for Auckland City Council to Guanghou, China; Auckland Botanic Gardens and Auckland University. The most recent public commission is the Little Blue Penguin Project at Campbells Bay Beach on Auckland’s North Shore. Working extensively in all scales of the bronze medium, from the monument to the miniature.

Where did you study?Auckland and Waikato University

Sculptures by Samantha Lissette

2018 Exhibition

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