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ARTIST STATEMENT

"My artwork is a response to how life is constantly shifting and changing around and through me."
LISA CORSTON BLANCHE

Diploma of Art & Creativity (Advanced)

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Artist Statement

Currently I am sculpting ‘Womb Women’ a dedication to all the women in my female ancestral line, to my 100 thousand Grandmothers spanning back through 2.5 million years of humanity.  One woman giving birth to the next, on and on through time, until here and now.  Each woman with her own personal story, her own voice, and all are woven though my DNA as a collective wisdom that deserves to be honoured.  I have a desire to open my arms and gather in all my ancestors, our collective story matters.

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I have a great love for the grit and rawness of deep, rich, ancient earth colours...

For those textures and colours that emerge from underground, playing with these elements through paint on canvas and in sculpted form through clay.  Oil Sticks are a loved painting material, terracotta along with natural oxide glazes are the materials I find pleasure in sculpting with.  

Currently I am sculpting ‘Womb Women’ a dedication to all the women in my female ancestral line, to my 100 thousand Grandmothers spanning back through 2.5 million years of humanity.  One woman giving birth to the next, on and on through time, until here and now.  Each woman with her own personal story, her own voice, and all are woven though my DNA as a collective wisdom that deserves to be honoured.  I have a desire to open my arms and gather in all my ancestors, our collective story matters.

This year I am experimenting with different clays and oxides, as I search for the combination that will lead to one long line of ‘Womb Women’, a representation of my own unique Matriarchal lineage.

In October I am offering a preview of my work in progress when I open my temporary studio as part of the Coromandel Arts Tour.

 

AND THEN!

 

In January 2023 the Major Exhibition of ‘Womb Women’ in Coromandel Town.  Please see the event page for all the details you will need!!! Truly looking forward to meeting you and sharing my work and vision.

WOMB TO WOMB Lineage

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Sophie

  Born 3rd January 2022  

SOPHIE ~ Granddaughter 

Came through the womb of Rachel

Life Snippet: Hi my name is Sophie, I was born in January via mums ‘sun-roof’, I was very little and needed a bit of help in the beginning with my jaundice and slow weight gain. I got to have grandma at home to help mum and dad for my first week and I loved being at home with mum and dad for my first 5 months...

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Rachel & Sophie

  Born 9th January 1993  

RACHEL ~ Daughter

Came through the womb of Lisa

Life Snippet: Hi my name is Rachel, I work as a registered nurse, I am Lisa’s only daughter, I was born in Te Awamutu on Saturday the 9th January 1993 at home as planned. With mum embarking on this journey of discovery into the womb to womb mother lineage, she thought it would be lovely to add a snippet of our lives to the story. So here goes…

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      Lisa & Rachel

 Born 27th June 1972  

LISA ~ Myself

Came through the womb of Sherryll

Life Snippet: Highschool pregnancy, 72hour labour, motherhood, baby boy, artwork rekindled, painting, pregnancy, homebirth, 8 hour labour, baby girl, farm life, postnatal depression, painting, playcentre, friendships, painting, pregnancy, quick homebirth, baby boy, country life, friendships, family, unhappiness, postnatal depression, beautiful children, turning point, life, laughter, children, separation …

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     Lisa & Sherryll

 Born 26th May 1954  

SHERRYLL ~ Mother

Came through the womb of Elizabeth (Beth)

Life Snippet: Born the eldest of 5 to a woman who was the youngest of 6, mostly musicians or at least musical, grew up in a family who always spent the holidays at the beach and there was always singing and music at every gathering …

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      Sherryll, Beth, Ruby & Lisa

 Born 9th September 1933, Alive for 75 years  

ELIZABETH (Beth) ~ Grandmother

Came through the womb of Ruby

Life Snippet:   Beth - sister of five siblings, mother of five beautiful children.  She was a woman who sewed coats in a factory, sewed and knitted for herself, her children and grandchildren, picked tobacco in Nelson.  A medal-rich ballroom dancer, so creative and artistic in the arts of liquid embroidery, beaded jewellery, stained glass, pottery, patchwork quilting and fabric crafting, Chinese bird brush-painting, mosaics, quilting - from the heart of the home to the warmth of her ever-colourful studio sanctuary...  

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Ruby & Elizabeth

 Born 16th March 1892, Alive for 82 years  

RUBY ~ Great Grandmother

Came through the womb of Elizabeth

Life Snippet: Sister of 11 siblings, mother of 6 children - the epitome of a fragrant miniature rose - tiny, always smelled wonderful, always had a radiant smile and never a stern word.  She loved spoiling her grandchildren with lollies "Want a lolly? Go upstairs and kiss your dolly" she would say with a cheeky chuckle... 

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  Elizabeth

 Born 15th August 1853, Alive for 82 years  

ELIZABETH ~ Great Great Grandmother

Came through the womb of Ann (Annie)

In memory...

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 Born 1820, Alive for 74 years  

ANN (Annie) ~ Great Great Great Grandmother

Came through the womb of ….

In memory...

ARTIST EXHIBITION CV

SOLO SHOWS:

2023 “Womb Women” Hauraki House Gallery, Coromandel Town

2015 Umu Cafe

2014 Umu Cafe

2014 Mana Retreat Centre

2013 “Dancing with the Conventions of Painting” ~ Hauraki House Gallery Coromandel Town (Exhibition for Advanced Diploma)

2013 “Revealing what was hidden” ~ Sola Café Thames

2012 “Emerging from the space between ~ Sola Café Thames

2011 “Shifting Perceptions” ~ Umu Cafe Coromandel Town 

2009 “Captivating” ~ Moon Coromandel Coromandel Town 

 

2008 Nectar Bar Thames

2006/7/8/9/11/13/14/17/18/19/20/22 “Open Studio” as part of The Coromandel Arts Tour

JOINT/COMBINED SHOWS

2023 "On Our Watch" ~ Collaboration of 8 Artists responding to poems from 4 Poets - Exhibition and Book Launch

2001 to Present: approximately 25 exhibitions either with one other artist or as part of a group.

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Artist Exhibition CV
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