Artists Project: Christine Hellyar

This exhibition is now closed

Christine Hellyar is regarded as one of the country's foremost sculptors. Since 1973 she has exhibited widely both in New Zealand and Australia. Born in New Plymouth she graduated with a Dip F.A. (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1969. She also spent some time in Christchurch attending the Christchurch Teachers College. Since 1982 she has lectured at Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland.

For the installation of the McDougall, Christine has constructed four cupboards containing a range of paired objects representing "opposite" and "equal" concepts. There are, for example, objects representing western and eastern cultures, active and passive concepts, containers and contained, processed and unprocessed, smooth and rough textures. In totality her installation will ask the observer to examine the variety of forms and ideas displayed in her cupboards from the viewpoint of their essential functions and qualities thereby extending our understanding of form, concept and function beyond the superficial.

('Christine Hellyar – An Artist's Project', Bulletin, No.28, July/August, p.1)