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Fabricated Narratives at Art At Wharepuke

Helene Carpenter Fabricated Narratives Artist
Di Halstead Fabricated Narratives Artist
Marianda Twydell Fabricated Narratives Artist
Alysn Midgelow-Marsden Fabricated Narratives Artist
7 Mar 2020 to 5 Apr 2020
10am to 5pm daily from 7 March to 5 April 2020
Print, photography, textiles and more: Works by Fabricated Narratives members.
Event type: 
Art, Craft, Exhibition
Art At Wharepuke
190 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, 0230


Fabricated Narratives exhibtions engage with the stories we construct about our lives and experiences. The challenge thrown to the artists was to create works which examine either their own ‘fabricated narratives’, or to fabricate stories for objects or their remnants. Whether historically accurate or playfully inventive, each work in the exhibition is part of a fabricated story. In addition, the development of the thoughts, the trials and gradually refining of options in the minds of the artists have been recorded in the form of video, social media, notes and samples all of which form a fascinating segment of the exhibition experience.

The exhibition consists of monoprint landscapes by Helene Carpenter, photographs by Di Halstead, repurposed found objects by Marianda Twydell, drawing and conceptual sculptural textiles by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden along with the results of collaborative, experimental pieces which use less familiar techniques and media to create ‘fabricated narratives’ in shared ways. The joint collaborative project show how artists can respond to another’s stimulus forming a visual conversation. Many works are for sale, some are experiential and ephemeral.

This diverse exhibition has returned from a UK tour and a flavour of the overwhelming number of comments received are:

“This is my favourite part of the whole show”; “Jaw dropping gorgeous”; "Out of this world”; “I love looking at these things that have so much detail…I love detail”; “I find it moving because it plays with shape and perspective and she puts you in the landscape in a vulnerable place, which makes the landscape come to life and you put yourself in the landscape in a fresh new way”; “Oh wow these are lovely.”; “Making the ordinary…..extra ordinary"

Written by

Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

1 Feb 2020

Interests As an English person newly arrived in New Zealand, I have been really excited to be able to find so many artistic outlets in NZ. As a practicing artist I am hoping to meet other artists, join groups and exhibit widely.