Third time lucky for Gedson


OPOTIKI artist Anna Gedson is a finalist in the 2019 Fieldays No.8 Wire Art Award with her work called “Food for Thought”.

The work consisted of seven dog bowls that are filled with number eight wire.

“It’s an abstract piece that’s meant to hang on the wall,” she said.

“There’s no risk a dog will eat the wire.”

Mrs Gedson said she had entered the competition before, and this was her third time as a finalist.

The annual award, managed by Waikato Museum and partnered by rural supplies co-operative Farmlands, showcases the value, versatility and symbolism of number eight wire through the creation of artworks made from this iconic material of Kiwi agriculture.

For the 2019 Fieldays No.8 Wire Art Award 25 artworks by 23 artists have been selected by the award judge, University of Auckland Associate Professor Linda Tyler, to be exhibited from May 11 to June 9 at Hamilton’s ArtsPost Galleries and Shop.

“This exhibition really showcases the versatility of number eight wire as a material for making art,” Ms Tyler said.

“This year’s entries show how it can be braided, twisted, tied, wrapped, woven
or just left in coils as it comes, and be expressive of both strength and delicacy, energy and line.”

The winning artworks will be announced at an awards ceremony on May 10.

The overall winner will receive $7000, second and third place-getters will receive $1000 and $500 respectively from the NZ National Fieldays Society.