Copywriting: Penny Stotter
Image above: Penny Stotter’s ‘Precious Vessels’ 2.
Penny Stotter’s ‘Precious Vessels’ hold pukeko mingling with kowhai, kea alongside flax and tui amongst pohutukawa … flora and fauna more precious even than the vases they adorn.
Refreshingly, Stotter is the first to say that she is driven to create works of beauty rather than ‘meaning’, however scratch their aesthetic surface and there is far more to them than she gives credit. In this, her most recent series of limited edition prints, titled ‘Precious Vessels’, several of Stotter’s influences converge; her love of Italian minimalist still life, her own gorgeous collection of vases and pride in her New Zealand heritage.
Stotter is an admirer of the work of Italian still life painters, particularly that of Georgio Morandi and his minimalist, rustic representations of groupings of pottery. She also has her own collection of vases, now stashed away (and finally out of mind) after days spent gazing at them from all angles, rearranging them here and there and ultimately rendering abstractions of their shapes into this series of work.
The cobalt blue of Stotter’s vessels’ patterning is reminiscent of Delftware – the instantly recognisable blue and white, tin-glazed pottery made in Delft, the Netherlands since the 16th Century. However, where Delft pottery features scenes reminiscent of Dutch life; fishing boats, hunting scenes and windmillls, Stotter’s vessels are adorned with motifs of indisputable New Zealand origin. The abstraction of their shapes, a nod to her years practicing as a graphic designer prior to devoting herself to her art full time and doing justice to her degree from the Ilam School of Fine Arts. Stotter also speaks of her love of the process of pattern-making, the arrangement of these shapes into the final compositions. In this, ‘Precious Vessels’ is a natural progression from her earlier ‘Heritage’ series with its similarly delicate and graphic arrangements of native flora and fauna.
‘Precious Vessels’ will be shown for the first time at The Poi Room, Newmarket from 8 July until YY 2011 as part of a joint exhibition titled ‘Handle with Care’ with artist Anna Church. www.poiroom.co.nz
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Penny Stotter is one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary printmakers with a distinctive style born of her heritage and love of pattern-making. Refreshingly, she is the first to say that she is driven to create works of beauty rather than ‘meaning’, however scratch their aesthetic surface and there is far more there than she readily gives credit.
Stotter’s pride in her homeland was honed during years spent in Europe and Melbourne. When she returned and put down roots on Waiheke Island (off the coast of Auckland) she began to employ motifs of New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna in her work as well as less likely cultural icons such as a vintage Maori doll (named Rua). Her love of the process of pattern-making is obvious in the meticulous arrangement of their shapes into her final compositions. Their abstraction is a nod to her time spent practicing as a graphic designer prior to devoting herself to her art full time and doing justice to her degree from the Ilam School of Fine Arts.
Stotter’s most recent works form a series titled ‘Precious Vessels’. Look closely at these still lifes and you’ll see they are actually far from ‘still’. Teeming with life, the vases hold pukeko mingling with kowhai, kea alongside flax and tui amongst pohutukawa … flora and fauna more precious even than the vessels they adorn. ‘Precious Vessels’ is a natural progression from her earlier ‘Heritage’ series with its similarly delicate and graphic arrangements of native flora and fauna.
As well as developing a number of series of works over past years, Stotter has been highly sought-after to work on a commission basis with corporate and public partners. Recent projects have included designing t-shirts for the Vodafone NZ Music Awards’ and the Max Foundation for Women, producing a limited edition print for the 2011 Auckland Arts Festival and a one-off print signed by the All Blacks for a Treasures World Cup promotion. Along the way she has collaborated with clients as diverse as Icebreaker, Continental Cup of Soup and Stoneleigh Wines.
Stotter’s works are held in several major public collections and can be found in galleries the length of the country. A full list of stockists can be found here.