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Friday, 19 April 2019 08:19 pm

Artist sets herself ‘a/part’ from the crowd with first solo show of her body

After working on her body for more than 200 hours, Sam Dollimore is excited to have her first solo art show open at Toi Pōneke Gallery.

THE ARTIST: Sam Dollimore at the opening night of her exhibition a/part at Toi Pōneke. IMAGE: Emma Moody

THE ARTIST: Sam Dollimore at the opening night of her exhibition a/part at Toi Pōneke. IMAGE: Emma Moody

Ms Dollimore’s exhibition, titled a/part, features drawings of her body from her perspective and were originally inspired by the discomfort she felt when she drew her own body.

“It was quite a strange thing really.

“I think maybe because I am so accustomed to viewing myself either through my own eyes in a constantly moving visual stream, or in the mirror or through photos from an outside point of view, that it was kind of shocking for me to see what my eyes saw, distilled down to a two-dimensional drawing,” she says.

She says although the experience made her uncomfortable, it also excited her, which made her want to continue doing it.

“It was a natural choice for me to use my own body in my work, it’s the thing I have the most long and complicated relationship with,” she says.

One of her pieces, ‘put that away it’s disgusting #2’, took almost 200 hours to complete.

“I really had to take a long time with the soft gradual tones in it,” she says.

Ms Dollimore says the name of the exhibition, ‘a/part’, is open to interpretation and she says she enjoys the fact people will take different ideas from it.

“I become uncertain whether this body is me, or just mine. Or that I could be referring to pulling myself apart critically, which is something I definitely have done a lot of over my life,” she says.

Her artistic influences have changed over her life, ranging from Picasso and Edvard Munch when she was younger to David Lynch, Matthew Barney and Nathalie Djurberg.

Along with traditional artist, Ms Dollimore is also influenced by David Firth, who created an online series called ‘Salad Fingers’, which is available on YouTube.

Drawing isn’t her only medium and she is currently making short stop motion videos as well as continuing to expand her ‘a/part’ portfolio.

“I’m enjoying working between more than one medium; the drawing is too hard on my body to do it all the time and I start to go insane if I have to do the same thing every day,” she says.

Ms Dollimore is currently working towards a Masters in Fine Arts at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, which she hopes to complete in 2017.

Also in 2017, she is hoping to have another proposal for an exhibition accepted.

‘a/part’ will be shown at Toi Pōneke Gallery from April 8 to April 30, with the opening of the exhibition tonight at 5.30pm.


CONTEMPLATION: A couple discussing one of Sam Dollimore’s series of drawing ‘put that away, it’s disgusting’. IMAGE: Emma Moody


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