On Wednesday Evening ( October 15) Louise Keen's Still Life exhibition opened in Takapuna at the Lake House Arts Centre Cafe Gallery. We enjoyed viewing the art, and some great food and wine.
There is an environmental message in her artworks. The plastic bottles pictured are often carelessly discarded after they have been used in the kitchen and around the house and their lack of biodegradability poses a threat to our environment. Does the meandering stitching that overlays them represent the circuitous journey of people searching for, but not always finding, a more sustainable pathway? The salvaged plastic which she has incorporated into her artworks could be a part of the solution.
"Louise's works on canvas play with compositions of form by including real world objects onto the canvas and the use of colour as a significant motif of culture. By using the transparent and malleable properties of plastic , naive machine stitching an layering, Louise merges the two dimensionality of painting into sculpture."
The exhibition runs from October 15-November 2, 2014
at the Lake House Arts Centre, 37 Fred Thomas Drive Takapuna,