Lecturer - Visual Arts / Ceramics
06 830 1156
Areas of Teaching
Diploma and Degree programmes; Ceramics a specialty; member of Stewart Centre Ceramics group.
I have been working as a practicing artist in the field of ceramics, sculpture and installation for the last 30 years. I am regularly invited to exhibit regionally and nationally in public art museums, outdoor sculpture exhibitions as well as dealer and community galleries.
My research within arts and crafts involves an exploration of boundaries between physical, psychological and cultural spaces. I investigate the intersections and borders between the handmade and the industrial, the organic and inorganic. Particular focus is on the tactile and transformational properties of materials such as clay and plastic and where they overlap and connect. My sculpture explores rhythm, motion and the dynamics of shadow by manipulation of materials and use of their tactile and transformational properties.
Connected to this is my enquiry into ecological practices. I explore how local environmental issues can be expressed in sculpture and find innovative ways to question political and corporate processes that affect our environment. Intersecting this is my concern to explore local cultural narratives and the ongoing meeting points of Maori and Pakeha. My approach involves focusing on the local and particular to address universal concerns. In this way I research stories of community and place utilising local materials and found objects in my work, uncovering cultural horizon lines and the places where contemporary and historical voices meet.
See for example:
Bruce, Linda. (Artist). (2012). Twinning Portal [sculpture]. New Zealand Sculpture OnShore 2012, (outdoor group exhibition). Fort Takapuna, Devonport, Auckland, NZ. 8-18 November.