Iona Matheson


Iona Matheson

What inspires your art practice?
The natural world with a focus on plants especially the kauri tree of which I have created many artworks. Micro and macro views of nature, especially textural
details. Flora and fauna are an ongoing theme and the passing of time upon the landscape from a geological and ecological perspective. Site specific history of place often inspires a work. Living in a remote place called Anawhata on the Wild West coast of Auckland provides endless inspiration and connection to nature.

What materials do you work in?
Sometimes I work with very fragile plant specimens such as fallen kauri leaves, other times solid materials such as ceramics and composite stone. Another important aspect is sourcing and transforming reclaimed materials. Many of my tools for making are found in nature which create textural details such as shells to mimic fossil imprints.

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
The Sea Forest was inspired by investigating the geological remnants of an ancient, fossilised kauri forest that can still be found at low tide at North Takapuna beach. Over 200,000 years ago Lake Pupuke volcano erupted leaving behind amazing cylindrical fossil shaped mounds where the once large forest existed. The past and future of kauri is often concerning, with kauri dieback and climate change these giants of the forest remain at risk. This installation attempts to remind people of the past and current day concerns surrounding Tane’s giants.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
Lead artist New Library; Project Twin Streams Lead artist sculpture Te Herenga Tangata; Forest totems Waitakere Hospital; Moa Mountain Massey Leisure Centre; Harbourview Sculpture Trail collaborative entrance way finding work in conjunction with Te Uru; West Coast Gallery, Piha

Where did you study?
PGDip Arts & Design, AUT Certificate Craft Design, Carrington Polytechnic

Sculptures by Iona Matheson

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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