Audrey Boyle & Ross Forbes


Audrey Boyle & Ross Forbes

What inspires your art practice?
Although both Ross and Audrey have differing art practices they share a common love for the rainforest in which they live, certain aspects of social media and art that transgresses the tired old clichés etched in paint, wood, stone or steel. This is their first collaboration, a treatise on a glittering media-drenched world where the cult of personality and its winners strut the stage.

What materials do you work in?
Both Ross and Audrey are multimedia artists employing a wide range of materials. Ross has recently developed a fascination for steel and metal but has worked with books, rocks, mirrors, string, found paintings, etc. Audrey has worked with natural materials and textiles.

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
The current world is one beset by conflict, obsessed with media and in fear of a pandemic, global warming and age-lines etched on one’s forehead. Skin shallow or bone deep, the superficial and the spiritually profound both demand our attention. Immaculate media influencers with perfect lips light the way as reality unfolds in a glittering procession. With a nod to our Westie heritage, here is a glamorous chariot-powered take on the gladiatorial, tribal nature of social reality in the 21st Century.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
Ross: Wallace Arts Trust collection
Audrey: Private collections

Where did you study?
Ross: Masters Fine Art at AUT;
Audrey: Masters Project by Design at Unitec

Sculptures by Audrey Boyle & Ross Forbes

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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