Anna Pearson, The Nelson Mail, 11 April 2012
Mapua artist Lisa Chandler has been invited to present her art practice at an international conference in England, fresh from completing her Master of Fine Arts.
The graphic designer turned painter completed her two-year MFA through Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in Auckland in January.
Her art practice focuses on the non-place, which was a phrase coined by French theorist Marc Auge to describe places of transience like city streets, airports and train stations.
The invitation-only conference on ‘‘affected landscapes’’, being hosted by the University of Derby and the University of Portsmouth, will look at the different responses landscapes evoke in humans.
Specialist speakers are from fields including cultural politics and history, film and media studies and fine art. Chandler is the only New Zealand participant.
Chandler is in Malaysia this month, gathering material for a series of new paintings that she wants to take with her to the conference and exhibit in Derby.
She said she planned to spend two or three days at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, observing people and taking notes.
‘‘I love to travel and I love being in large cities and wandering city streets. I’m not really interested in the cityscape in terms of the buildings. I’m interested in the dynamics of the crowd as they move through the space,’’ she said.