Corban Estate Arts Centre’s latest exhibition ‘A fine line’ features six West Auckland based artists and is on display from 9 to 13 October to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week 2013. This diverse art exhibition includes painting, printmaking, sculpture and carving.
Artist Andrew Serjeant is a prolific painter and believes art can help raise the profile of mental health in a constructive way. He says, “I want to use that interest to bring mental health concerns to the forefront, but also to highlight that with the appropriate help and viewed with an open mind, people with mental illness can interpret and add to the world with dignity.”
Keneti Faalolo’s wood carvings connect him to his Samoan heritage and spiritual beliefs, depicting stories of empowerment and overcoming adversity. Meanwhile Helen Cross’s prints are inspired by her close observation and love of animals in her life. Since attending printmaking classes at Toi Ora Live Arts Trust for the past two years Cross has become a skilled printmaker.
Andrew Hall is well known for his sculptural figures fashioned out of found and recycled objects. He describes his artistic practice as being both positive and negative. “Having two creative hemispheres between the ears and not being able to switch off my relentless imagination makes living in this reality almost impossible. It’s a gift and a curse.”
Painters, Reece King and Serena Young choose to represent two different states in their paintings which reflect on the stress of daily life. King’s expressive paintings portray a sense of anxiety whereas Young’s paintings are scenes of serenity and peace.
This exhibition was created in association with Walsh Trust, Corban Estate Arts Centre and Toi Ora Live Arts Trust.
Corban Estate Arts Centre,
426 Great North Rd