Creativity – Retreat – Restoration

archives 2020

March 2020/

EARTHSKIN CREATIVE RESIDENCY (Muriwai site) Welcome to Makoto Kubo.

Makoto Kubo is a photographer from Japan.

He is an underwater photographer and a free diver. He believes that taking photography by free diving is more important than taking it by scuba diving. Because his spirit and body becomes “leveled” and utilizing the diving reflex stage, he needs to go into a meditating stage. It is close to Zen practice and meditation.

He stops breathing and photographs the person who sit down in the deep sea of 15 meters. Being in the diving reflex stage, he can be one with this gigantic ocean, and he can see people in a noble state, and shoot sceneries of mental pictures in the deep ocean too.
He would like to take a picture of “the local people’s underwater portrait” and “about the mental connection with the great ocean”.

Please don’t hesitate to contact him:

Everyone is welcome to join our monthly Sunday at Earthskin (on Muriwai site),  29 March 2020 at 2pm with Makoto Kubo. More info to come…

February, March, April 2020

EARTHSKIN CREATIVE RESIDENCY (Piha site) Welcome to Brendan Burns.

Brendan Burns is a painter and ceramic sculptor from England.

His work is centrally underpinned with his relationship to geology, weather and journey. The coast of Piha will offer a vast resource through walking, drawing, photography and ceramic press molds, in order to respond in the studio and make new works including large scale oil paintings, drawings and sculptural ceramics. This opportunity to visit a westerly facing coastal region will align with his recent visits to the west coast of Iceland, Ireland and California. His ongoing work in Wales has been informed by the west coastal area of Pembrokeshire. He anticipate his interest in the microcosm / macrocosm and beauty in the detail, to inspire a series of physical, textural oil paintings.

For him it is important that the residency is no shorter than 8 weeks, enabling a true connection and relationship to a new environment be established in order to make honest work beyond the visitor. He is positive that new forms and colours will permeate into his work, as well as the use of oxides in porcelain sculptural ceramics.

He will be working towards a specific opportunity to exhibit this work with Jonathan Goodman at Artis Gallery in Parnell at the end of his residency.

Please don’t hesitate to contact him:

Everyone is welcome to join our monthly Sunday at Earthskin (on Piha site), 29 March 2020  at 2pm with Brendan Burns. More info to come…

February 2020

EARTHSKIN CREATIVE RESIDENCY (Muriwai site) Welcome to Martin Krammer.

Martin Krammer is a sculptor and painter from Austria.

Martin has a strong wish to continue the work he started the previous years at Earthskin.
„Rythm in the garden“ was the title of the workshop he gave in Muriwai last year. It was focusing on the smallest unit of the sculpting process: the stroke and the resulting curve.

As rythm is also connected to time and the process of developing and modulating a pattern, this time he wants to add another medium to his exploration: film. He will stick to sculpting the Pohutekawa but additionaly taking pictures of the process or the piece. He would like to reconnect these photos of the object with the rythm of the sculpting process. Using this technique, he recently made some short stop motion videos which gave him the impression he was coming closer to the idea of transforming general natural patterns like liquids, reflecting light or crystalline structure or even dance and music into sculptures .

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