Overview

Sarah Munro (b. 1970) studied at Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland, majoring in sculpture, and has a Doctorate in Fine Arts. Munro has been the recipient of artist residencies including the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at the University of Otago and her work is represented in public collections.

 

Munro is an artisan. Interested in the manual aspects of production, her practice extends from large scale sculptures to her more recent series of small-scale embroideries. Her large sculptural works in fibreglass, resin, and foam appear at first to be seven identical sculptures yet on closer inspection each is revealed to be unique, with its own individualised contours and variations that are meticulously, painstakingly realised.

 

Munro's recent and ongoing Trade Items series consists of delicately embroidered works that respond to a watercolour and pencil drawing of 'first contact' by Ra'iatea navigator Tupaia in 1769, depicting the exchange of a crayfish for a length of cloth or tapa. Each embroidery depicts the exchange of native and introduced animal or plant species, the introduction of the latter sometimes resulting in the demise of the endemic population of New Zealand.

Exhibitions
Works
Biography

EDUCATION

2005
Doctorate of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland

2000 - 1999
Masters of Fine Arts (sculpture), Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland

1991 - 1988
Bachelor of Fine Arts (sculpture), Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland

 

SELECTED SOLO & GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

Everything Old is New Again: The Turnbull Library at 100, NZ Portrait Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2019

Raukumara (2019), Page Galleries, Wellington, New Zealand

2018

Nature Unassisted by Art: Sarah Munro & Frank Schwere, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington

2017
Acting Out, Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington

2013
ART UTE Project: 10 Cubic Metres of Mobile Space for Artists, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

2012
Surface Detail, Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland, Auckland

2010
Pictorial Space, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington
Hybrids, Moving Image Centre, Auckland

2009
Select> Effect> Export, Te Tuhi, Auckland
Happy the World so Made, Snow White Gallery, Auckland
Real Art Road Show, traveling exhibition, nationwide

2008
Red Shift, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington
ReMasters, Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland
Western Gothic, CEAC, Auckland
Hot-Rod and Lip-Gloss, 64zero3, Christchurch
Misty Frequencies, Whakatane Public Art Gallery, Whakatane

2007
Surface, Millennium Art Gallery, Blenheim
Clean Machine: Homages to Engineering in Contemporary Art, Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland, Auckland
SCULPTURE, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington
Working Drawings, Hocken Library, Dunedin
HOT, 64zero3, Christchurch
Surface Revisted, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin

2006 - 2007
15th Annual Wallace Art Awards Exhibition, Aotea Gallery, Auckland; Pataka, Porirua

2005
Surface [W. Benjamin's Nightmare], Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland

2004
Surface, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington

2002
Wallace Arts Trust Finalists, touring exhibition, nationwide
Fringe of Heaven, Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland

2001
Wallace Arts Trust Finalists, touring exhibition, nationwide
Glacier, Lightbox Gallery, Auckland
Off White, George Fraser Gallery, University of Auckland, Auckland

2000
Trace, George Fraser Gallery, University of Auckland, Auckland
Zero, ASA Gallery, Auckland
Face, Arch Hill Gallery, Auckland
Delight, Artstation Gallery, Auckland

1999
Putting the Painters to Bed, Artstation Gallery, Auckland
Primary, Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland
Gardens on Parade, Artstation Gallery, Auckland

1997
Proximity, Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland

1996
Appliqué, ASA Gallery, Auckland
Small Works, ASA Gallery, Auckland

1995
Let Them Eat Cake, Artspace Gallery, Auckland
Visa Gold Finalists, touring exhibition, nationwide
Small Works, ASA Gallery, Auckland

 

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2009
Artist in Schools Residency, Kings College, Auckland

2006
Frances Hodgkins Fellow, University of Otago, Dunedin

2004-2001
University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship

2002
Commission, Kate Edger Information Commons and Student Amenities Building,
University of Auckland

1999
Joe Raynes Masters Scholarship, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland

1995
International Conference on Creative Thinking, Malta University, Malta. Invited Speaker at Conference; Paper given was titled 'Creative Thinking in Art Production'. Later reproduced in Creative Thinking - New Perspectives, S Dingli (ed.), Malta University Press, 1996.
Visa Gold Art Awards Finalist

1993
Visa Gold Art Awards Finalist

 

COLLECTIONS

James Wallace Trust Collection
University of Auckland Art Collection
Hocken Collection, Hocken Library, Dunedin
University of Otago Collection, Dunedin
Real Art Road-Show Trust Collection

 

Bibliography

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Sarah Munro, Robyn Pickens, Real Art Roadshow: The Book, Real Art Charitable Trust, 2009
New Zealand Sculpture – A History, Michael Dunn, Auckland University Press, 2008 ed.
‘Sarah Munro – Making Paintings’, Grant Thompson, Art New Zealand 127, Winter Issue 2008
Exhibition review, Harold Grieves, Art New Zealand 128, Spring Issue 2008
Exhibition review, Kathryn Mitchell, Art New Zealand 126, Autuum Issue 2008
Exhibition review, David Eggleton, New Zealand Listener, May 26 – June 1 2007

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