Ngaio Lenz

"Identity, its about our identity and how we see ourselves compared to how others see us and the social roles we play to be accepted by our peers. Layers of oil paint have been added and scraped and scratched back giving a feeling of how sometimes we need to scratch back the surface to really understand ourselves and others.  Abstract works provide me an outlet for pure intuitive mark making, allowing colour to be built up and then eliminated to reveal marks and lines, often accidental, but purposefully left. Neutral tones, taupes,and lots of white, sometimes a splash of red and chocolate are my favored palette. Mostly there is just a pure joy in the paint being moved around the canvas. The sense of connection to the found objects being place, and the thread of nostalgia for the texture and smell of the papers and letters used in the collages I also work on."

Ngaio has never completed formal art training but rather tackles her art with an innate and intuitive approach. Working through the creative process using varied materials and the freedom to express herself, drawing connections from her environment, space and experience. Apart from being a wife and mother she has spent years as an interior decorator with a successful business, and is currently working in a school art department as a teachers aide.

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