Mary McEwan, World of sports, felt pen and pencil on paper

The September interview

We talk to Mary McEwan, an artist at Hohepa Canterbury in Christchurch, whose work features in Arts Access Aotearoa’s exhibition, Original Voices, opening on 6 September at Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures in Porirua.

Q. What do you most enjoy about painting?

I find it relaxing. Painting is fun.

Q. Where do you get your ideas from?

I get them in my head. I just paint what I feel like.

Q. What’s your biggest achievement?

I like drawing animals from my imagination best. I am very happy that my paintings will be in this exhibition.

From the curator ...

The "Original Voices" exhibition catalogue includes an essay written by the curator, Stuart Shepherd. Here, Stuart writes:

“There are many examples of visual innovation in this exhibition. One particular example appears in the work of Mary McEwan of Hohepa Canterbury, titled World of sports. This drawing is dense with all-over images and text but on close inspection, you see that the drawing occurs on both sides of the paper. The ‘bleed’ of the ink from the reverse side appears.”



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