1. Imogen Taylor, Couch Navigation, 2017.
The McCahon House store is a treasure trove of fantastic art created by New Zealand artists who have been awarded the three-month artist residency at McCahon House. Imogen Taylor created this inkjet print during her residency, and the title Couch Navigation makes me laugh and reminds me of my days as a student, shifting on the couch in my flat in Dunedin. It is an accessible way to own one of New Zealand’s most talented artists and purchasing it will support all the great work they do at McCahon House.
2. Te Maari, Karauria, Rēri Kōtare ō Mokopōpaki (Claudia, Lady Kingfisher of Mokopōpaki), 2022.
I adore Te Maari’s Manu figures, which are intricately hand-stitched, each with a life of their own. This one is my favourite New Zealand bird the Karauria, Rēri Kōtare ō Mokopōpaki (Claudia, Lady Kingfisher of Mokopōpaki), 2022. My aim is to eventually have several on a wall, as I saw in Nigel Borell’s incredible show Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art, at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.
3. Milli Jannides, Where to Start, 2023.
I love how Milli Jannides paints, with her obvious brushwork, dreamlike quality and layers of blue and pastel hues. I have coveted one of her paintings for a long time. This painting is from the current show at McLeavey Gallery, Always Have, Always Will, and it is about Milli’s childhood memories of growing up in New Zealand. It makes me feel nostalgic with its New Zealand landscape and the gate that brings back memories of our family farm.
4. Kate Newby, But still LOVE this, 2020.
Since seeing Kate Newby’s show, Yes Tomorrow, at Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery in 2021, I have wanted one of Kate Newby’s chimes. The large chime She’s Talking to the Wall greeted visitors with its gentle musical sounds when you walked into the gallery. I wanted one even more when I saw another large chime at Michael Lett’s stylish apartment. I love how Kate observes the minute details of life and creates beautiful tactile objects, which reflect the magic moments of the everyday. This chime, But Still LOVE this, also happens to be my favourite colour.