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Knowing me, knowing you – your local Boon Sculpture Trail artists

With Kirikiriroa Hamilton’s Boon Sculpture Trail in full swing it’s time to get to know some local artists behind the magic.

Stuart Bridson and Gaye Jurisich have a strong artistic relationship, spanning decades. Most recently they were Judges for the 2022 Waikato Society of Arts National Youth Art Awards, and curated ‘Our Place’, the Boon Sculpture Trail small sculpture exhibition at ArtsPost Galleries.

As a full time practitioner, Gaye doesn’t pigeon hole herself into one medium but sees it all as one big practice that goes between sculptures, painting, curation, and anything else that takes her fancy. Art is in her DNA – it was given a high profile in her family for as long as she can remember.

Gaye says “I see things differently and I’m really interested in spatial awareness. The spaces between things, and what reaction things will have, with each other.”

All of her work has an interest in a new way of seeing, and developing a space. It draws up the imagination of what can be. Or what you might be a part of. About the sculpture trail, she states “Some people might not understand anything they see. But a year down the track they might resonate with something they’ve seen.”

Recently Gaye has collaborated with both Handrad Rugs and Creative Waikato, bringing alive projects across the Waikato.

Award winning artist Stuart lives and works just outside of Raglan. His practice takes philosophical texts and visualises them into existence. His work is often, but not always, light-hearted. Stuart says of his work “I enjoy having my own view of the world challenged in some way and would like my artwork to challenge other people’s ideas also.”

With his latest work for Boon Sculpture Trail, titled ‘Hey You’, Stuart explores how we interact with objects. He draws on the ideas of the philosopher Graham Harman and Harman’s writing on Object Oriented Ontology. This latest sculpture, for the Boon Sculpture Trail, is also about Panpsychism – where everything at some level, has a consciousness. Stuart says “I like the idea that people can sit in the chair and interact in some way with the sculpture which is ‘sitting’ opposite in the other chair.”

Both Stuart and Gaye’s work can be found at Grantham Street, and ArtsPost Galleries until 31 March, along with the other Boon Sculpture Trail artists.

For more information and to view their calendar of events, head to www.boonarts.co.nz/bst and follow @boonartshamilton on Facebook and Instagram.


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