Why do you go to galleries?
Ryder: I go to galleries because it’s like gambling with emotion. Sometimes I come away cold but other times I walk away illuminated, brimming over with what I have just seen.
What was the first artwork that made an impact on you?
Ophelia: Wolfgang Laib’s Pollen from Hazelnut
Ryder: Sound Spectrum posters by Bill Ogden at my grandpa’s house in Hawaii. There were waves and naked people and crows and shells and drifts of smoke seeming to spell .
If you could own any work of art, what would it be?
O: Branch of Flowers. Henri Matisse, 1908.
R: With My Back to the World. Agnes Martin, 1997.
Tell us about a recent discovery?
O: I came across Ruth Ige’s work online a few years ago when she showed with Ammon Ngakuru at RM in 2017. It was not until late last year that we saw her work in person at the Wellington City Gallery. We feel honoured to have her work ‘Awaiting the Morning’ in our home.