Restricted Zone - time to reflect
digital, original print 1/1, archival ink and canvas
84cm x 119cm x 4cm
Kiri is a New Zealand based artist known as Oniyonkid. She trained at Enmore Design school in Sydney Australia and worked for 12 years in Sydney as a surface designer for her ceramic company Oniyon.
Oniyonkid’s current works are created in a digital format, offering original fine art archival prints. Oniyonkid draws her inspiration and paint pallet from her photography which delivers a diverse range of colour and textures the South Island landscape offers her. She creates the base of her art work by carving into her photos and applying the pieces to her design - a bit like sewing fabric together to create a patchwork, then applying her drawings and many layers of texture with a variety of brushes, paint and lead pencil, which brings the two worlds together.
The work in Aotearoa2020 is inspired by a period of time when we all lived and are still living within some level of restriction. Oniyonkid explores the emotional and physical toll this is having on us as individuals and families. She reflects on her childhood memories in parallel to her children’s and what this brings to the surface for their future dreams.
Using metaphors, Oniyonkid expresses fear and uncertainty through the use of fog, 1980’s toys, and dark tones. She plays with the concept of a virtual world, using Fortnite as visual language to express freedom, luck and the dream of designing your own future.