Philippa Wilson


Philippa Wilson

What inspires your art practice?
I am interested in site lines in the landscape, of specific geographic locations of space, time and perception. The sculptural practice that I am currently involved with deals with issues related to time - past, present, future. The passage and relationships of movement and time-based work, iconography that is recurring in my work, has been built up over a series and is multi-layered in meaning and context. Shoes, hearts, ladders, butterflies, symbols of vessels, movement, love, flight fragility and change. Movement transgressing time and boundary.

What materials do you work in?
A variety of metals: steel, aluminium, brass, bronze, mesh

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
Table of peace uses the concept of a gathering place to interact, a resting place to communicate, where conversations take place and seeds of language are released. This work involves audience participation in a physical sense with the viewer becoming part of the work, defining space, time and movement by entering and existing, exchanging conversations. The aluminium is referencing the reflection of water in the landscape and the passage of time. The objects reference a boat, a journey, communion, the universal language of reciprocity, sound and silence.

Tree of life reflects the passage and cyclic nature of life.
“He kakanoa i ruia mai i rangiatea“
(the seed that spreads throughout the land) The seed power of Love

The seed power of knowledge The seed power of potential.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
Various public sculptures including University of Otago; Aquatic Centre Queenstown; Otago hospital; Wallace Arts Trust

Where did you study?
Otago School of Fine Art Dip Honours; Christchurch College of Education Dip. Tchg Sec.

Sculptures by Philippa Wilson

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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