Angela McKenzie is a multi media artist living and working in the beautiful Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand.
In 2008 Angela completed a Diploma in Visual Art at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and was awarded the ‘Harrisons Gallery Art Excellence Award’, achieving top student. She went on to finish her Level 7 advanced diploma in Art and Design at Waiariki Institute of Technology and continued on in 2011 to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.
Since then, her work has been selected for several major art awards, was awarded 'best in show' at the Lifestyles of the Bay Art Award and the winning entry of the open designer section 'Hats of to Her'. Angela has worked as a Gallery assistant, Curator and Artist Adviser in a community art gallery, prop designer & creator and as the Art Director for the 2015 show 'Tarnished Frocks and Divas' and continues to develop her painting style and skills while working in various roles within the arts industry.
“Painting can be an unpredictable process that pushes boundaries of experimentation and Abstract is an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques, materials and methods that convey elements of rhythm, movement and colour. My work is a personal response to being human and I describe my work as an exploration of mind maps containing visual elements from nature.
Abstract Painting through the concept of experimentation is driven by curiosity and is a seductive way to explore the interplay between surface and paint, creating a visual explosion where colours merge, ambiguous forms appear and overlapping effects indicate the depth of the unfolding image. Nature is an ever changing machine that creates and destroys leaving behind the sublime of success and the fossilized fragments of failed experiments. Life is an experiment or rather, a series of short experiments and the nature of experimentation is that one can never predict the outcome.”
‘The studio is a laboratory, not a factory. An exhibition is the result of your experiments, but the process is never-ending. So an exhibition is not a conclusion.’ Chris Ofili,