Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Hundertwasser in Kawakawa

This artist felt like a gift to me.  After trying to base all the artist challenges on pictures I had taken on my trip to New Zealand (and Australia) this one was so easy!!  Hundertwasser spend the last few years of his life living in a small town on NZ's North Island, and whilst there he helped redesign, and build, the local public toilets.  In his own words "a toilet is very special because you meditate in a toilet. Like a church. The similarity is not so far fetched".  Whilst Mick and I were travelling in NZ we made a point to visit Kawakawa, and to visit (and use) the public toilets there.


This piece is based on one of my photos of the toilets, though somewhat simplifed.  I debated putting more quilting on it, particularly on the grey walls, and perhaps I will do this later.  As I am going to be in Africa on reveal day I wanted to get this piece finished in good time, so I took the simpler route for now.


11 comments:

  1. What a lovely surprise to have a total different slant to the challenge. Love the piece & the fact you have kept it simple.

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  2. Love it. What a gift this was and good on you doing your research first and finding out about the toilet. Love the way you have tackled it.

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  3. Now I want to visit NZ just to visit this toilet! I too felt like Hunterwasser was a gift. I love everything about his work, the colour, the whimsy, the curves. Such fun. Great job on this piece, The toilet itself was a challenging subject.

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    1. You will be able to visit Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna in 2018!

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  4. What a great find - and you've interpreted it beautifully.

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  5. Yes I remember visiting these toilets too . As I said before ,it is such a pity that there aren't more examples of his architecture here in NZ . In a place called Whangarei there is fund raising for the building of an art centre which was designed by Hundertwasser before his death but never erected . Lets hope it happens sometime.
    Your quilt will bring back memories for you of good times had in NZ!

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  6. I am jealous! You are so lucky to experience his architecture in person and to base your work off of your own photo! The subtle shading and shape changes gave the perspective of being at the end of a room...which it is! Where are you going to hang this piece?

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  7. Linda, this is simply great! Just what I had hoped to do to my house.

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  8. A lovely piece of work which you simplified but got the essence of his piece. Very good.

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  9. Love it, Linda - I'm sorry I didn't know about Hundertwasser when we were in NZ 30 years ago.

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  10. I like your choice of subject, so different from the paintings, and its realisation.

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