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Toasting art fit to hang on drag queens’ ears

Nov 15th, 2012 | By | Category: News, Top Picture

EARRINGS for drag queens and sculptures made from Zippo lighters are some of the works on display at 2012 an undergraduate student art exhibition in Wellington.

‘Toast’, the exhibition of contemporary visual art and design showcase the talents of Whitireia Polytechnic’s artists and designers.

Jewellery, painting, textiles, mixed digital images, and prints feature among the students work.

Chloe Rose Taylor’s jewellery has been designed for drag queens.

“My jewellery is about drag queens. I’ve done the drawings so that they match the pairs of earrings,” says Chloe (above).

“My idea was that the man would put the earrings on and he would be instantly glamorous and feminine”

She says Some students have an emphasis on selling their work so they are inviting people who are genuinely interested in buying it, while others will invite friends and family in order to show off their achievements.

“The visual arts department is expected to produce our own exhibition and we do all the leg work, we get all the marketing together, we curated the show ourselves, we’ve done all the press releases,” she says.

The exhibition in Wellington will be open to the public from Friday, November 16, and admission is free.

“We’re hoping to get some foot traffic through and the general public can come and see what we’ve been up to.”

“We’ve got a roster system where there will be at least one student here at all times, so they (the public) can ask questions and talk about the work with the student”

‘Toast’ is being held at Trio Gallery, 15 Dixon Street, Level 1, Whitireia Media Training Centre, and is running from November 16-29.


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