Artist Luise Fong

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Luise Fong’s latest work 'Titirangi' was inspired by her surroundings during an artist r

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Luise Fong’s latest work Titirangi was inspired by her surroundings during an artist residency at McCahon House in Titirangi.  She says the surrounding Kauris were imprinted in her consciousness and she learnt how to ‘talk tree’.

Luise Fong’s latest work Titirangi was inspired by her surroundings during an artist residency at McCahon House in Titirangi.  She says the surrounding Kauris were imprinted in her consciousness and she learnt how to ‘talk tree’.

“I grew up here and learnt the names of the native trees when I was a child but I didn’t really appreciate them. I understand much more now the importance of trees, how our human survival relies on them….I “relate” to trees more now.”

Titirangi is currently on show at Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington until September 12.

During what hours of the day do you feel most inspired?

Anytime.

How would a good friend describe your aesthetic or style?

Sophisticated, down to earth and quirky. 

What aspect of your creative practice gives you the biggest thrill?

Mucking round with paint.

How does your environment affect your work?

 Intuitively I absorb any aspects of my surroundings.

Do you like to look at the big picture or focus on the details?

Details, mostly…….

What's your number one business tip for surviving (and thriving) in the creative industries?

Give yourself time to be alone.

Which of your projects to date has given you the most satisfaction?

My time in Titirangi.

Who or what has inspired you recently?

Shadows of trees on the ashphalt.

How did the McCahon House Artist-in-residence inspire your recent work?

The Kauri trees surrounded me and imprinted my consciousness.

What were some of the unexpected discoveries and inspirations?

Mainly the power and energy of the NZ bush………I feel much more in tune with the land I grew up in.

What do you mean by ‘learning to talk tree’?

I grew up here and learnt the names of the native trees when I was a child…………but I didn’t really appreciate them. I understand much more now the importance of trees, how our human survival relies on them….I “relate” to trees more now.

You became ‘concerned that urbanised New Zealanders are wilfully neglecting their surroundings’ can you please expand on this.

We all need to look after mother earth and each other more. That’s a thing we all know, especially the children…..living in the city we all need to “check” the way we operate, myself also.

How is Titirangi different from your previous work?

It is perhaps more textural, using the encaustic wax process and the palette of colours is more based on nature.

If you could go back and choose a completely different career path to the one you've chosen, what would it be?

A fabric designer.

What place is always with you, wherever you go?

My grand-parents farm inland from Raglan.

What's the best way to listen to music, and why?

Depends what sort of music, [if its opera], @ my friend Graham’s with a large glass of chardonnay…………..

You are given a piece of string, a stick and some fabric. What do you make? 

What I was asked to make by the person who gave me the materials!

What's the best stress relief advice you've ever been given?

Just when the caterpillar thought its life was over, it turned into a butterfly.

What's great about today? 

Children.

What’s your big idea for 2009?

We should all have technology free days.

Written by

The Big Idea Editor

2 Sep 2009

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