NZSOS 2018

Joshua Olley

What inspires your art practice?
My heartfelt philosophy from observing human and social behaviours, conditioning and structures within our cultures. The stone I use enhances the motivation and inspiration, the figure of grain, colour, history, size... all these features play a significant role.

What materials do you work in?
Very hard and durable Stone from the deep South, predominately found deposited in the foothills from within the Southern Alps via ancient glacial paths (Glacial erratic). Bronze pieces offer an intricate, delicate aspect to the heavy bulky form of stone, I like the mix and it enables me to extend beyond the boundaries of stone.

Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.
This is a strong, masculine stone fist, that ‘knew’ better than the phrase “the fists flew”. This fist knew it was stronger to protect and nurture in times of challenge, than the weaker alternatives of violence and anger.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
Various other outdoor exhibitions. I have several public pieces in Otago. Smaller works currently shown in Parnell gallery, Diversion Gallery and Gallery 33 Wanaka.

Where did you study?
Various other outdoor exhibitions. I have several public pieces in Otago. Smaller works currently shown in Parnell gallery, Diversion Gallery and Gallery 33 Wanaka.

Where did you study?
Self taught.

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