NZSOS 2018

Sally Tagg

What inspires your art practice?
My work has a strong botanical emphasis. I work intuitively, looking for layers of meaning and symbols in nature that support the piece that I am creating. I aim to combine an essence of spirit, intellect and emotions in my work. As well as being visually sumptuous, I hope to encourage the viewer to reflect on deeper interests in humanity, the cycles of life and our intricate relationship with nature.

What materials do you work in?
I work with glass, stainless steel, aluminium and acrylic. I also create large photographic works that are printed onto PVC vinyl using UV inks for outdoor installations. The starting point for these works are collected botanical material that is meticulously arranged and then photographed to produce hi resolution, large scale outdoor works.

Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.
My work is a fallen Kauri tree. The remaining tree skeleton, ghosted white, has succumbed to Kauri dieback disease and lies before us on the forest floor. A stone has been placed at the foot of the tree, this totem carries a blessing of love and wellbeing. The lizard acts as a guardian or caretaker of the stone, which protects and preserves the mana of the forest.This work mimics the famous chalk hill figures in Britain (geoglyphs). The work challenges the viewer to consider how they will feel When the last kauri falls.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
My work has featured at Connell Bay Sculpture Trail, Brick Bay, Auckland Botanic Gardens, Sydney Botanical Gardens, Villa Maria Winery, Hastings City Art gallery. I have produced several books and have portrait work at Te Papa.

Where did you study?
Auckland University

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