Keep Your Eyes Up
bamboo and Washi tape
5 parts, dimensions variable
My installations deal with materiality and transformation. My goal is to engage the audience by encouraging observing and ‘staying’ with the piece, made all the more poignant by its temporary nature. The work is dismantled at the end of its showing and exists simply to be observed and experienced in that one time.
With Keep Your Eyes Up I am interested in creating a ‘space’ that accentuates a state of stillness. The material is Washi masking tape, a very durable natural Japanese mulberry paper tape designed to withstand all weather conditions. Using tape, 6.5 meter bamboo poles and incorporating found rocks, I am evoking references to the Zen garden, but going beyond tradition by manipulating space and scale. I am interested in forming connections beyond cultural boundaries.
– Veronica Herber
born 1962, Christchurch
Lives and works in Auckland
Veronica Herber began using masking tape as a medium that offers immediacy and the ability to create works at scale during her visual arts degree. Alongside her trademark tape fabric and large-scale outdoor works Herber also creates indoor installations utilising Japanese Washi tape on paper.
Herber has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from AUT University, Auckland. Recent exhibitions include Resonance, Franklin Art Centre and Rene Portocarrero Serigrafia Studio, Havana, Cuba (2016) and Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney (2015). Herber has been the recipient of the James Wallace Arts Trust New Zealand Sculptor Award at Sculpture by the Sea Bondi (2015); the Titirangi Community Arts Council Emerging Artist Award and the Ebbett Prestige Environmental Award, Waitakaruru Sculpture Park (2012). Her work is in the collections of Chartwell Trust, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and The James Wallace Arts Trust collections.