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Andrea du Chatenier
Denizens
1 - 17 November 2012
Preview: 31 October, 5:30-7:30pm
with an artist talk at 6:00pm

Andrea du Chatenier’s Denizens are post-industrial hybrids of flotsam and jetsam; barnacles and polystyrene. Influenced by the Baroque works of Arcimboldo, the work borrows from the sculptural tradition of the portrait-bust, animating materials to suggest an internalized psychological space behind a crusty exterior. While the works are theatrical and take pleasure in surface ornamentation, they are also emotionally charged with watery associations of sinking, floating and emerging from our evolutionary swamp.

Born in Hamilton, Andrea du Chatenier completed a BFA at the University of Auckland in 1995 and Master of Fine Arts degree through RMIT, Melbourne in 1998. She has since received numerous grants and awards for her accomplished and challenging work, including selection for the Sao Paulo Biennale in 2004 and a runner-up placing in the 2007 Wallace Art Awards.

In 2004 du Chatenier was awarded the Tylee Cottage Artist Residency at the Sarjeant Gallery. Upon the completion of this residency she chose to stay in Whanganui, where she now teaches at UCOL’s School of Fine Arts. Du Chatenier has shown widely both nationally and internationally for more than a decade and was the subject of a large survey show at Hastings City Art Gallery between December 2011 and February 2012.


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