Tales explores the relationship, stories and connections we share with, and pass down to, our children. Using a range of different media including collage, painting, miniature scenes and kinetic sculpture, Tales aims to evoke feelings of universal connection, independence and uncertainty.
Tales has been an on going collaboration between retired Theatre Maker and Artist John Downie, and Visual Artist Leda Farrow (both Wellington based). It combines stories and images used, shared and recontextualised between a father and daughter over a generation.
This exhibition aims to stimulate the viewer to consider an intimate relationship which is universal, that between a child and parent, but also, from within it, to consider how we relate to, understand, and interpret the politics of the wider world.
Leda is a First-Class Honours graduate in Fine Art from Massey University, and has spent time studying at University of California Berkeley School of Art, and at Bread and Puppet Theater, in Vermont. Her current practice is in drawing, puppetry, and animatronics. She currently works as an art tutor at The Learning Connection.
John has had a long professional career as an artist and teacher, in a number of artistic disciplines, but particularly as a playwright, director, and experimenter in performance and media arts in the UK. He retired four years ago as Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Film at Victoria University.