Effloresce : To Burst into Blossom

Kina Gallery presents an exhibition of photographs by Emma Boyd and Katie O’Neill along with floral installation and arrangements by Pip Jones (aka Petal Pusher). This exhibition, as the name suggests, promises bursts of feminine beauty. With the juxtaposition of striking images of blooms and contemporary dried floral installations, these three Taranaki creatives bring us moody, sensual and alluring experiences of nature as it reaches an optimal stage in development.

Emma Boyd works as a professional photographer, stylist and recipe writer. Her love of photographing flowers steps outside her commercial work but has a strong resonance with her love of nature.
“The photographs in this exhibition are a collision of my interest in flowers, light and how both can be manipulated through the camera lens to capture a fleeting moment in time. It is my way of showing my deep love and appreciation of this earth and its beauty.”

Originally from California, USA, Katie O’Neill has lived in New Plymouth for the past 10 years. During this time, she has established a commercial photography business working with clients both locally and internationally. She is a natural storyteller; a photographer who has the ability to naturalise her subjects in front of the lens.  The large format photographs presented in this exhibition document harvesting on a Californian farm. The images are a seductively presented polemic – especially as New Zealand considers the legislation around cannabis.

Pip Jones of Petal Pusher is a New Plymouth based Florist and Botanical Stylist. Pip brings to the show a two part work of dried florals. The wall work includes a large installation of dried flora for impact and to capture your eye. This is complemented with some smaller studies of dried florals exquisitely encased in glass cloches. The art of floristry is generally understood within fresh flower arrangements, but these beautifully preserved arrangements present something timeless, caught in the moment – like 3-dimensional photographs.

Please join us on Friday 27th September at 5pm for the opening of this exhibition.
27th September - 22nd October 2019