Thu 23 Nov 2017

Copper look at this...

The feet. They’re obvious.

The eye is drawn up, there are legs there too… and then arms, breasts and heads.

This is 3-D art, a captivating work completed by WITT student Tasha Waterson and the pinnacle of her eight years part-time study towards a Diploma in Creative Technologies.

Stratford born Tasha, who now lives in New Plymouth, has her three-layered work hanging in F-Block where the Polytech’s major art exhibition by diploma students, UNfold, opens on Friday (November 24) and runs until December 5.

The opening day coincides with WITT’s latest food market, which will run from 5pm to 7.30pm

The quality of work on show has drawn warm praise from tutor Ian Clothier who says it represents the cream of WITT’s art contribution in 2017 and could comfortably sit in any public gallery.

He says the works in the show represent a variety of approaches which are outside the norm – ranging from a large imposing self-portrait to a challenging work which reflects a student’s interest in working in mental health and investigates the connections and elusions between clarity and confusion.

He is particularly interested to see the completion of another multidimensional work, which features a painted rectangle on the wall behind a printed cloth, that gives the impression of patterns drifting in the air.

It was a suggestion from Ian which prompted Tasha to opt for the life-sized wire version of the life-drawings of the three subjects which feature in the work.

She had planned to use paint and fabric.

“Ian suggested I use pipe and my partner Stewart Curtis suggested copper. I bought the pipe and he welded it.”

To get the angles correct she drew a small version of the work and projected it onto a wall.

“Working out the layers was the hardest part.”

The identities of the three women in the work are not significant – two are modelled on a ballerina and the third one another larger woman.

“I want to show people no matter what shape they are, all shapes are beautiful. Women are too obsessed about bodies.”

The work has taken about 60 hours to complete and while Tasha is pleased with it she hasn’t yet pictured in her mind where it might eventually hang – though it does strike as a work which would grace Pukekura Park.

WITT tutor Ian Clothier is in no doubt about the artistic quality.

“It’s seriously up there. Life drawing is centuries old – but to connect it into a 3D gives it a real lift.

“To lead your audience on a journey through the artwork is what all artists attempt to do.”

He says now Tasha has developed the format he is looking forward to seeing the next project.

“I can see a free-standing piece,” he says.

·         Unfold, in F-block, is open from 10am to 4pm every day until December 5 at WITT and is signposted from the Bell St and Hobson St campus entries. Some of the work is available for purchase.