Bachelor of Design in Visual Arts – ARA / Institute of Canterbury
Hope – Christchurch, 2017
Watercolour on paper, 275 mm width x 330 mm height
Christchurch based Artist Rebecca Smallridge graduated from Ara / CPIT with a Bachelor of Design in Visual Arts in 2009. In her final year of study, Rebecca achieved first prize in the Mortlock McCormack Law Art Awards and her work was selected to be part of the Will Cumming Memorial Collection at Ara campus.
She regularly exhibits throughout New Zealand and is currently represented by Little River Gallery in Banks Peninsula. Her work is held in both private and public collections.
New Zealand’s natural environment and its native flora and fauna is a continuous theme in Rebecca’s work. She reflects on humanity’s vital role of stewardship towards nature, acknowledging a delicate balance and mutual dependency. Pattern, rhythm, life cycles, interdependence, hope and survival are all themes which resonate throughout her art practice.
Rebecca produces thought-provoking works in a range of mediums, including drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramics.
I have created this very personal artwork, especially for the Wellington Shared Lines Exhibition. Almost seven years on from the devastating earthquakes, my own health crisis and birth of my first child, the passing of time has allowed me to gain some welcome perspective.
Looking back, 2011 was a bit shit.
Never in my life had I been faced with so many new challenges all at once. I still feel emotional when I think back over it. However, the flip side was that the trauma and emotional pain I went through that year had a deeply transformative effect. It was like everything had been stripped back and I had the opportunity to start over again. I learnt how to build resistance and gratitude, acknowledging the good that comes out in people when it really matters.
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