Launching on Sat 24 July, 'Under 3 Hundy' brings together an exciting line-up of Gold Coast artists, and is the first group show brought to you by Chryslyn and Magnus from retail/artspace 'Reap N' Sow.' I recently scored the niftiest neon shoes and lace white dress here, and for those who haven't been yet and adore vintage I suggest to check the crib out, upstairs at 6/1710 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads. Look out for Burleigh Tropicana and Vinnies.
My work for the show, titled 'Former Mayor of Otira' explores my curosity with the tiny remote village of Otira, New Zealand, which is up for sale. For $1 Million you get the mountain town and a school, railway station, pub, heated pool and 40 residents. The village, which comes with enough snow to leave dwellers stranded for a month each year, was bought 12 years ago by a couple who 'felt sorry for it.'
Among the medium for this work include polymer clay, silver, sago and hair from a mellow cat called Isis. My ex-mayor creature represents a sort of retired Monopoly man who has inherited white-wizard hair from the decade-long upkeep of the shire. He is ready to pass on the village keys to the highest bidder...any bidder really, if they can find their way to woop-woop Otira that is. If there is a New Zealand version of Monopoly, I wonder if Otira is the 'Old Kent Road' of the En Zee. Or maybe Otira is the Free Parking.
Ok off to pack some winter jammies, heading to Newcastle for a few days, oh and checking these out! I have a soft spot for this town and its constantly re-incarnating arts hub. Now only if Newcastle were up for a million...