Originally trained as a jeweller, Tania Patterson’s approach has always been from a more sculptural angle. It is no surprise that over the last 10 years the sculptural side of her practice has grown. Native flora and fauna have always featured in her mahi in a major way and in this latest series of bird ‘portraits’ it is once again front and centre. These works evolved from her previous ‘Confessional series’, where she explored her need to apologise for humans sins against nature when out walking in the bush. In this series Tania draws on the aesthics of both the rich history of bird illustration in New Zealand and her love of natural history museums and taxidery displays.While each portrait seeks to elevate and honor the birdlife of Aotearoa giving it it’s due importance and prestige, there are echos here of a murkier past of musuem collectors and trophy hunters.
Tania Patterson’s work is held in numerous private and public collections including Te Papa Tongarewa and Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum.
“My designs are for the most part drawn from my fascination with nature. I have an interest in the museum experience of nature and a series of my work looked at the aesthetic of the obsessive collector. I very much enjoy the variety of processors involved in making, from the designing of hinges to cutting and soldering to carving wood and painting surfaces”