New Zealand Artist goes to New York Part 2: Arriving and setting up

May 2017, New York City After the four 4 months of frantic organization it is a relief to board the plane, engage in a monster movie marathon and let my body and mind let go for the duration of the flight as I knew that the pace would be intense as soon as we landed in NYC. We checked in to our AirBnB apartment and met our lovely host Darrin. Unpacking was hilarious, as we had both gotten so excited about 5 weeks in New York, we had packed suitcases full of bright colourful city clothes totally forgetting that NYC apartments are tiny. How are we going to fit 3 suitcases of clothes into 10 inches of wardrobe space?!?! I had chosen the apartment (also because it looked totally like an artist

New Zealand Artist goes to New York - Part 1: How it came about and preperation

Crating Day, the lid goes on the last one - We are off to New York, April 2017! October 2016 - April 2017 Wanaka, New Zealand It all started right at the end of 2016. I had spent the past two years focusing on my painting, but not with an exhibition in particular in mind, I wanted to explore, and let each work natural lead into another; to enjoy the journey and create a body of work that I could then approach galleries with and have enough finished works to seize any opportunity. And boy, did it work! Open Studio Night in my studio Oct 2016 In October I held an Open Studio Weekend where I invite all my ‘friends, family and followers’ to come by my studio to see what I have been working on.

The Power of Hope - A Tribute to Michelle Obama

"The opportunity that Ora has offered me is so exciting! Giarna Tekanawa, a kiwi who has lived in New York for about 20 years, has been running this space as a Pop-Up Gallery for New Zealand artists, as a chance for us to get a foot in the door of the New York art scene. " - Sonia Richter 2017 Me in the studio...early stages of new artworks. I use actual clothing as my canvas January 2017, Wanaka, New Zealand. With a world obsessed by American politics, I felt compelled to create a topical, yet considered, artwork that would be an anchor piece for my upcoming exhibition in New York. I have a strong philosophy within my art practice (and my general being) to look on the positive things in l

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