Shadow Play is the work of two artists who share a passion for optical illusions. Alice Rose trained as a commercial artist in England before moving to Dunedin 15 years ago. Soon after she applied her graphic design skills to ceramics and developed her depth-defying Mirage Vases. Alice discovered by painting a 2-dimensional surface pattern onto a flattened 3-dimensional form, the viewer was left wondering whether the vessels existed in either dimension.
Local artist Kaye McGarva exhibits her work in Brussels, London, and throughout New Zealand. Her Crease Paintings - although abstract - have a photographic quality. Looking somehow familiar but strange, they invite the viewer to draw on their previous experiences to determine what they are seeing. The viewer becomes an active part in the creative process by adding new and wonderful interpretations of the work that perhaps weren’t seen by the artist.