Marti Wong


Marti Wong

What inspires your art practice?
I am inspired by the wonders of nature and the animal kingdom, Science Fiction and Fantasy. I love to imagine mythical beasts and alien creatures and futuristic vehicles. I am also inspired by the amazing materials I find around me.

What materials do you work in?
I work with recycled metal and steel, old tools and car parts. It is a cheap and abundant resource that is strong and durable with loads of character.

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
The Woven Nest sculpture is a haven, a refuge, a home, the nest where mothers raise and protect their young. Formed through the interlacing ribbons of steel it is strong yet soft, solid but flexible, an ancient form, woven like people have done for thousands of years. A connection between Man and Nature.

Spirit bear family is symbolic of the plight of endangered species through habitat loss as climate change is melting the ice. The Polar bears are fading away so appear like ghosts, only their spirit will remain in the future, but the mother still continues to nurture and raise her cubs as life must endure.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
Good fortune Ox at Highbrook Quest Hotel Plaza; Embassy Park, Victoria St Hamilton; Bench seats at Tamahere Park, Tamahere, Hamilton; Dragon around Hamilton Lake

Where did you study?
I am self-taught

Sculptures by Marti Wong

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