"I’m struck by the timeliness of this work during a period when many of us are struggling with isolation and separation from our loved ones due to the pandemic. Using dress making patterns as the building blocks of her composition, Flowers refers to the vital importance of nurturing, kindness and maintaining strong community ties – all qualities associated with the feminine. The colours and textures remind me of the aesthetics of tapa cloth, which is usually made by more than one artist. This association with collective making processes reinforces Flowers’ theme of connection."
— Virgina Were, Judge
WINNER OF THE SUPREME AWARD
KUMEU ARTS AWARDS 2021
Connected across time and distance
610 x 910 x 70
Mixed Media - Paint, dress patterns, graphite, charcoal, metallic foil
I chose a deep vibrant red for this subject - a desire for connection in these times of Covid-19 lockdown. I’ve used symbols for methods of keeping in touch, the covid virus, blood, love, time, and distance. The threads and woven cords shown represent connections between people. I used rubbings of floral embroidery too, and although decorative they have been picked for their similar radiant shapes which are like anemone-shaped virus diagrams or illustrations.