NZSOS 2018

Rod Cunliffe

What inspires your art practice?
Originally a teacher in the UK, an officer in the RAF and then Sports/Sponsorship Coordinator at Whangarei Boys’ High School, creating things with beautiful lines and proportions has always been an aspiration of mine. Having studied art and architecture in the UK, I enjoy probing the limitations of materials in order to accommodate my somewhat eclectic creative ideas. I happily work with wood, ceramics and steel, and thoroughly enjoy the biennial Collborationz (sic) event.

What materials do you work in?
I work primarily in steel, ceramics and wood.

Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018
My representation of the Kōtuku (white Heron), stands 3 meters tall, constructed out of 4 x 10mm steel rods, formed and welded together with 5 rings and solid steel beak. It is finished in white metal paint and anchored in the ground so it shimmers in the wind or can be gently coaxed to move.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
Most of my work is centred around Whangarei, although I have works in Alaska, England and Germany.


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