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Wellington sculptors measure up
Recycling habit pays
off for Brooklyn man
Gathered sculptures: Malcolm Doidge with his
successful piece, Florilegium. Photo: TONY NG
Malcolm Doidge and Mia Hamilton are finalists in the Small Sculpture
section of the Waiheke Community Art Gallery competition.
By TONY NG
Brooklyn sculptor Malcolm
Doidge s bent for using
recycled objects has helped
him make the finals of the
Waiheke Island Com-
munity Art Gallery compe-
Doidge is a lecturer at
WelTec s school of creative
His successful entry,
Florilegium (gathering of
flowers) is one of 34 entries
chosen from more than 120
submitted from New Zea-
land and overseas.
Florilegium is a two-
piece sculpture that con-
sists of a 1970s red pine
school desk (which was
obtained from the South-
ern Landfill) with a rimu
stem and flower pattern
etched on to it by laser.
The second piece is a
1960s southern hemi-
sphere gardening book
that was laser cut from
cover to cover with an out-
line of a horoeka, also
known as lancewood leaf.
Most of Doidge s
sculptures combine his-
tory, social context, new
media and technology,
along with recyclable and
I m keen to use recycled
material because there s a
lot of history attached to
It s a statement about
the community and people
resources, Doidge said.
He said his main motiv-
ation to enter the contest
was not the prizemoney
but the opportunity to
showcase his work outside
The Waiheke Island
exhibition runs from April
5 until May 7.
Intricate detail: Lyall Bay artist Mia
Hamilton. Inset: The eye-catching
Photos: ASHLEIGH STEWART
A striking ceramic bowl inspired by
her mother s mantelpiece has taken
Lyall Bay artist Mia Hamilton all
the way to Waiheke Island with the
chance of a $3000 prize.
Hamilton s piece, Collected,isa
intricate collection of handpicked
ceramic figurines entwined and fixed
on to the inside of a slab-built earth-
She said her pieces reflected her
personality and experience. Collected
was reminiscent of a fond childhood
My mother and my grandmother
both had a mantelpiece full -- my
mother s was glass and my
grandmother s was china -- of little
animals. As a child I was never
allowed to touch them -- they were
precious, she said.
So it s a little bit of a tongue-in-
cheek poke at that -- what we think
of as precious.
With a degree in business studies
and a 15-year career as an account-
ant behind her, art had been only a
hobby until Hamilton returned from
working in London.
A husband, also in accounting, and
two children meant that a career
change to ease the demanding
schedules was necessary -- and Ham-
ilton hasn t looked back.
I m a better person when I make
things, she said.
I ve really thrown myself into it.
It s been a real mantra of mine to try
every art opportunity that s been
offered. If I see a competition, I ll
The finals for the Small Sculpture
prize will take place on April 5 on
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