Artist spotlight: Louise McRae Posted on 5 Jun 18:36

Seed is pleased to introduce Louise McRae’s most recent works: a series of small and intricate assemblage paintings. In one sense these works are rooted in the experience of looking itself, but they also explore memory and the cyclical nature of matter. Brightly painted fragments of timber jostle for space on a substrate that can't quite contain them. Memories of the past lives of McRae's materials are held within unruly grids, and we see an interplay between what is natural and constructed.

Necessity is the mother of invention and so McRae’s scale has adapted to what can be constructed on a tabletop while she builds a new studio in Pakiri. With an empty paddock as a starting point, the sky really is the limit and the project has taken on grander proportions than McRae ever expected. Inspired by the urban lofts of New York, she fell in love with steel windows and was thrilled when as sole bidder on a trademe auction she was able to purchase a set for $51.

On collecting the windows she discovered that not only had they come from the studio of Paul Dibble 40 years ago, but that the vendor was Warren Viscoe, a sculptor whose work she has admired for many years. So in keeping with McRae’s use of objects and materials with a history of their own, here she acquired some beautiful windows with excellent provenance, met one of her heroes and enjoyed a tour of his home and work.

Annie Sandano at the Australian Print Workshop Posted on 11 May 13:17

Seed is delighted to present Annie Sandano’s newest collection of prints; the result of three intensive weeks working at The Australian Print Workshop in Melbourne during March this year. Here Sandano enjoyed open access to an incredible range of facilities and shared a working space with some of Australia’s top printmakers.

She developed a vibrant new series of unique and distinct acetate plate prints. In some works she applied flat colour with rollers, while in others she manipulated colour with brushes or thinned it down to create a translucency akin to oil paint. Finishing touches were added to the works on Sandano’s return to NZ.

These works signal exciting developments and evolutions within Sandano’s practice. Among them are a series of portraits with a stylised head topped with flowers and the “Geometric” works, which see the geometric forms of her paintings reimagined within their own spaces, free of other compositional elements and fields of colour. We also see the influence of the Andy Warhol/Ai Weiwei exhibition Sandano viewed at Melbourne’s NGV and her trip to Japan immediately after her Melbourne residency in her “Sakura” or Cherry Blossom works.

Originally from Brazil and now based in Whitianga, Sandano’s varied cultural experiences have always informed her printmaking methods and her choice of imagery - it is exciting to see further developments as Sandano returns to her studio brimming with ideas and inspiration from a rich new source.