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humans of mac+mae: Tiffany Singh

This is a Max Gimblett gold and silver foil artwork.  ​It is special to me for 2 reasons:

The first, it is from my mentor and friend Max Gimblett and shows his handprint in gold leaf reaching out to the quatrefoil. it is significant because of the guidance and support he has offered me over the 12 years I have known him.

He has shown me unconditional love through tough times in my life and is always on hand to offer advice and support, both personally and professionally.

It was Max who encouraged me to go to India and has endorsed my decision to focus on Social Practice Arts which often is misunderstood as it sits on the periphery of community service, social work and arts practice.

The second reason, it is important to me is because it signifies my first Solo Art exhibition in 2010.

Union was an exhibition where people could exchange an object for one of my wax castings, Max gave me a card which said I could choose one of his prints from the Gow Langford Gallery in exchange for series of the Ganesha’s for his Ganesh collection in New York.

It took me months to choose the print and I finally settled on this one because it was the only one which had his hand in it.

Every time I look at this work I see Max offering me his love and support and feel encouraged to keep making art that is of service and that reiterates both Max and my Buddhist belief systems.

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Tiffany Singh is an installation based social practice artist who examines the role of the sacred in contemporary society.  She’s been splitting her time between India and New Zealand since 2005 and continues to exhibit in both locations.  Tiffany has also traveled extensively throughout the East and Central and South America, studying cultural and mythological beliefs systems and patterns.  She uses arts as a tool for education, empowerment and communication – she uses art as a mean to generate and affect change.   

You can check out Tiffany Singh’s latest exhibition, The ART4FOOD Project at St Matthews in the City as part of Artweek Auckland 8 – 16 October.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM

humans of mac+mae: Hannah Jensen

Humans and Nature are special to me; especially when combined.

This is a photo I took of a good friend, Casey Potatau. We were out paddle boarding one morning, a few weeks ago. I never usually have my phone on me as I love being offline, out in nature and getting back to basics. But this particular morning was a cool crisp morning and there was a slim chance I would be diving in (passing dolphins would have changed my mind), plus I had great company and therefore a lovely opportunity to capture this gorgeous wahine on the divine languid ocean.

We are team mates for the $10 Queenstown Challenge for Cure Kids and are racing together at the end of March 2017. We spent a weekend up North at my favourite beach, Langs, with a bunch of inspiring woman.

We are lucky to have a family home at Langs and every time I return I am grateful and more so when I can share it with others. Good conversations, fresh air, walks on the beach and sharing delicious food with loved ones at Langs is so special to me.

I am honoured to spend time in nature and surrounded by amazing humans. It is rejuvenating, heartwarming and soul filling.

Hannah Jensen is a multidisciplinary artist most well-known for her carved work.  She’s an active member in the community, a volunteer at Starship Hospital, a Lululemon Ambassador and a nature lover who lives to create.  In 2004, she was nominated for a Mazda Emerging Artist award; in 2009, she was a finalist in the WOW World of Wearable Arts competition; and in 2012 she was one of four artists selected to present site-specific installation work at New Zealand Fashion Week.  In 2014, she lived and created in Venice Beach (California) for the ‘Kiwis in LA’ exhibition and has since returned home and is carving her next solo show WILD – seven impressive large scale animal works to be exhibited in 2017.

In the meantime, Hannah Jensen’s exhibition View Point can be seen at Endemic World as part of Artweek Auckland 8 – 16 October, visit http://artweekauckland.co.nz/.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM