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Amelia Melbourne-Hayward, Temporary environments | Architecture Now, 22 August 2016

Illusory Space, oil on canvas, 2012. Image: Jillian Whitmore

Young New Zealand artist Jillian Whitmore explores the intersection between art and architecture with her translucent watercolours. Whitmore will be exhibiting a solo exhibition titled Juncture at the Fine Arts Whanganui Gallery, opening Friday 26 August 2016.

Here, she speaks with Amelia Melbourne-Hayward about her upcoming exhibition, spatial theory and the ideas of temporality within her beautiful works.

My first encounter with spatial theory was with French anthropologist Marc Auge’s work. He discusses the super-modernity of our urban societies and the ‘non-places’ we inhabit everyday but take little notice of.

I later became influenced by Michel Foucault’s ‘Heterotopia’, architect Lebbeus Woods’ ‘New Spaces’ and urban sociologist Ray Oldenberg’s ‘Third Spaces’. These all had intriguing definitions and ideas of space within the urban environment, and they encouraged me to think deeper about the space we inhabit, how we interact with it and what it might one day become. My art practice fell deeper into a world of spatial theory and I discovered a passion for architecture and futurism.

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