Interview with artist Sofia Minson

Hey guys!  Recently James Diaz from Anti-Heroin Chic interviewed me about my art, life and creative process and I thought I’d share the conversation with you here…

 

JAMES DIAZ FROM ANTI-HEROIN CHIC INTERVIEWS ARTIST SOFIA MINSON

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Artist Sofia Minson with two of her native New Zealand bird paintings

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‘Pacific Discovery’ cultural visitor attraction on Auckland’s waterfront

I’ve been doing some exciting Arts consultation on a new project - Pacific Discovery. For the idea’s creator Bill Ludbrook and production designer Logan Brewer MBE, the cultural visitor attraction proposed for Auckland’s waterfront has been 8 years in the making.


What do you think, is it time we have something like this in our city???

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When Art strives for originality and looses sight of truth

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He must know that when man shuts himself out from the vitalizing and purifying touch of the infinite, and falls back upon himself for his sustenance and his healing, then he goads himself into madness, tears himself into shreds, and eats his own substance….
…Then it is, that in our self expression, we try to startle and not to attract, in art we strive for originality and loose sight of truth, which is old and yet ever new. Continue reading

Hey artists, are we “dancing bears”?

Darcy Nicholas - Artist, Writer, Curator

Kim Hill interviewed respected Maori painter, sculptor, writer, and curator Darcy Nicholas on Radio NZ National and brought up the concept of the dancing bear in relation to indigenous people creating art out of their traditional culture for a modern audience.

Darcy said “what you have to do is know the difference between the dancing bear and the real bear, because the real bear is going to eat you.”

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Who are the custodians of Maori Visual Art?

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“Free” by Tracey Tawhiao

Thank you for all of your thought provoking responses to the previous post’s question “Is it alright to combine elements of Maori designs and create something new out of them?”

I’m in the middle of reading Tuamaka – The Challenge of Difference in Aotearoa New Zealand by social anthropologist Dame Joan Metge and she suggests…

“The problem of cultural appropriation is particularly acute for the creative artist. Sometimes there is a very fine line between legitimate borrowing and looting. Continue reading