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Bridget Allen

Shared Lines: Kaikōura and Shared Lines: Wellington exhibiting artist


Individual Movement, Part 1 – New Brighton/Christchurch, 2017 Reduction colour wood block – 50x70 cm

After majoring in sculpture, I began researching various forms of green sculpture,  horticulture and landscape design. This has allowed me to work in and visit amazing gardens like the Eden Project and run my own gardening business. More recently I have been developing as a printmaker and edging printmaking into sculpture. I also facilitate projects at Toi Te Karoro print studio and teach printmaking workshops with Otautahi creative spaces. I have found the fairy tail project which runs community sewing projects for the local community.

This print is about the movement that individuals create and show in their routines. A snapshot of motion. A common saying refers to going full circle. In the middle of this circle is the person or the crank arm driving the sometimes sharp-toothed chainrings which perhaps are our interests, phases, friends, a period of time. I have always admired the mechanics of the bicycle. The freedom that is created by the motion of the individual rider. The bicycle is my preferred transport. It’s a tool I use to think. Hop on the bike to clear the mind. It can help bring clarity to areas that might appear abstract. Last year my Sunrose woodblock print was selected as one of the final images for the Unframed annual art competition and will be going into production on a Nutcase Helmet cycle helmet. This print is an extension of that idea. The print is a five colour reduction woodblock print using a key block and a textured cut-out.

About Shared Lines: Kaikōura 2019
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