The Homely Frontier -The Vivian 2014

The Homely Frontier  – 29th March to 27th April

The Vivian – 39 Omaha Valley Road, Matakana, R D 5 Warkworth, Auckland 0945

Phone: 09 422 9995           Email:

Frances Hansen, Natalie Guy, Emma McLellan, Anna Sharman & Tessa Laird.


I have 10 works in this exhibition, the group of works is called Ambivalence. Individually they are named 1-10.

Each work combines elements of colour, shape, and form to set a stage for the imagination to wander. While Earth provides a home for us now its security is not guaranteed for long. These works are an exploration of what may come next for us as we search for a new world. The works are painted on items of unnecessary indulgence, further reflecting my attempt at self gratification through nonsensical logic.

-Acrylic on perfume & hair dye packaging.


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Anna next to her work.

Ambivalence 2014 Anna Sharman The Homely Frontier



Ambivalence 2014 Anna Sharman

Ambivalence 2014 Anna Sharman

Ambivalence 2014 Anna Sharman




Over and Over @ Artstation

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Here is what I put up for the show, 11 paintings all Acrylic on recycled packaging;

1.)    Blueberry Chocolate #1

2.)    Sports Headphones #1

3.)    Spearmint Toothpaste #1

4.)    Mini Chocolate Icecreams #1

5.)    Egg Fried Rice #1

6.)    Medium Fries #2

7.)    Rocky Road #1

8.)    Eau Du Toilette #1

9.)    Blueberry Chocolate #2

10.) Vanilla Soap #1

11.) Medium Diet Coke #1

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People got a little gift to take away art objects with them, many of them were collaborations between the four of us, with our branding stenciled on the backs.

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The opening night was a success, we received lovely sponsorship from Ti Tonics who provided our guests with tasty iced teas.  Me, Jeremy & Priscilla do an awkward pose with our Ti Tonics.

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Mel Deacon and me 🙂
Over and Over Brochure images (1)

Our extended statement about the inspiration for the exhibition:

Over and over

Recreate, reuse, renew, recycle, re-imagine. These are the foundations of the postmodern world and process. It is said that nothing is original, that everything has been done before. This is true in the sense that society and culture are built on the bones of the past. But this does not mean that the world today is a carbon copy of yesterday instead it is an evolution of what came before. Everything is recycled and repeated, from everyday objects and debris to ideas, cultures and the very building blocks of our universe. Over and Over plays with the postmodern process in a literal way; taking objects, ideas, materials and images that have been discarded, replaced and overlooked and recycling them through painting, sculpture and digital mediums to create a space that explores the way society interacts with its world.

Contemporary art is built upon a long history of reusing and repeating. “No poet, no artist, of any art has his complete meaning alone” (Elliot, T.S. 1921). Art is a pragmatic creature that always makes use of what it finds nearby. Art parallels life and is a reflection of its time. An idea may have been explored a thousand times over countless years, but that idea, piece of writing, music or art will always be original in its time. The cave man paints on the cave wall, the romantic uses emotion as muse and the postmodernist uses everything. Anything created by the human hand is just as much about the person viewing or making use of it as it is the actual thing itself. A person today is not the same as a person yesterday, a year ago or who lived long in the past. The object remains the same but the person never is, even an individual changes and evolves day to day, moment to moment and will never see the world the same way twice.

Humans are social creatures that like to be connected to those around them and are grounded in the moment through their links to the past. An object gains value through use, it could be used by many people once or one person many times but through use it becomes a bond between people or a marker of a point in time. Typical of this idea are heirlooms or hand-me-downs. A person often feels connected to their ancestors or historical roots via these objects that are passed down through families or found in antique stores. These objects become part of a person’s story and help shape an individual’s relation to their environment, culture and society. An objects importance can be measured by its historical / sentimental worth or its functional value. Art made with recognizable everyday objects is a way of denying the importance of traditional materials used in the creation of art. A recycled item is richer in history than something new which is ‘empty’ of history.

New Zealanders have long held a reputation for do-it-yourself jobs and fix ups and above all cherish their landscape. Throughout our communities there is a prevailing discussion around the environment and the growing unease from the rest of the world in regards to maintaining nature’s treasures. The historical background of New Zealand is also one of adaptation and making do with what is available. In using recycled materials the artists of ‘Over and Over’ are responding to the history, story and value that those materials have. In the current political climate it is contextually important for artists to maintain a sustainable practice. Society’s great thinkers have taught that it is becoming increasingly necessary to look back upon individual actions and the actions of others and readdress harmful habits in order to progress as a social species.

Over and Over invites the audience to look again at their surroundings, their repeated and recycled relationships, habits and actions that are a part of the every day. The hybrid assemblages of Over and Over encourage audiences to consider alternative ways of moving through and interacting with the spaces and environments they are surrounded by every day; enabling them to rethink the past and re-imagine the future. The objects, ideas and interactions that are a part of a person’s life take on meaning and importance because of their ever renewing history. An object is always more than the sum of its parts; it is also everything it has seen, been used for and has been a part of.

Upcoming exhibition Over and Over

I’m in this exhibition coming up in May, here are the details 🙂


8 MAY – 26 MAY 2013
Opens 5-7pm Tuesday 7 May


Recreate, reuse, renew, recycle, reimagine.
Over and Over is a collective examination and interpretation
of what this Re- prefix can mean and become. An individuals life is an act of repetition from the small habits and interactions carried out every day to the more compelling events that are a part of all of us. This exhibition uses the act and process of recycling everyday materials, ideas and images to look at the way our personal, social and mental environments are a product of constant renewal, repetition and reinvention.

Upstairs, 1 Ponsonby Road,
Newton, Auckland 1011
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 10am-4pm
09 376 3221

Over and Over Brochure images (1)

The Trusts – Art and Sculpture awards exhibition

I entered my work into the Art and Sculpture awards and got into the main exhibition. That is me standing at the door because no photos allowed inside. I entered two new pieces which are from a similar line of investigation regarding the idea of the portal or jumpgate. Instead of doing a claustrophobic work like usual with many images, I used only two images for each of these painting. Trying to create some kind of harmony, but still aiming for nonsensical. Jumpgate 1.1 is on bamboo paper, which turns out does not like masking tape at all. Formations: Jumpgate, has many textures in its white area, many layers of gessoed surfaces, there is something interesting there that I might continue on in future paintings.

Walker and Hall Art Exhibition 2012

I got accepted for the Walker and Hall art awards in October which is open until the 12th of November. My piece I entered is titled ‘Dust from Stellar peaks’ and it features Space with some crazy perspectives and sea-life. I’ve been working on using a single image for the background, and layering further images on top as if  they were stickers, yet permanent and painted straight on.

Anna in Wellington

Went to Wellies to see my art in the New Zealand Art show and the sites. This was my entry into the Signature Piece award, ‘Undiscovered Country 2011’














Here is the other work found in the big hall (thanks Rose), not sure where the other two entries were but I’m glad I found two of them. Worth the trip I recon, even if I didn’t sell anything. It was good to see my work with lots of other peoples, I think I have some better ideas for display methods for the future as well so a positive experience 🙂 I like to think of this show as the last time those particular paintings will make an appearance, they’ve been in three shows now, so its time to retire I think.

Desert Road—-> Probably the best thing ever.

In other news, some art school friends (Jeremy, Priscilla and Mel) and I have had our proposal accepted by Artstation in Town (Auckland) for an exhibition May next year, its focus is on the underlying renewal processes within the environment and culture. And its going to be awesome.

And in other Anna related news, painting detail:

Emerging artist awards – Upstairs gallery

Got accepted into THIS:

I will be showing my work ‘From Fire’ in a 20 person show. Exhibition is next Thursday, 5 July 2012 (6 – 8pm) Opening and Presentation ceremony. Hope to see you there 🙂

Pic unrelated.