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FRACTURES and RESIDUES - the unruly existence of things

7 Mar 2024

23 Mar 2024


Ina Johann presents a new body of work created from drawing and painterly interventions using her local observations and experiments around Stoddart Cottage and Banks Peninsula. Johann has a keen interest in geological forms, flora and the observation of living things around her, especially lichen and fungi, and likes to explore the fringes and boundaries, where natural and urban habitats meet.


Johann is a keen wanderer and bird lover. She spends as much time as she can in the New Zealand bush and loves exploring areas close to home. Castle Hill, Hinewai, the Banks Peninsula and the Eastern Bays are areas where she loves to go for walks, photographing, absorbing and zooming into the environment; slowing down and being surprised by the magic of it. Ina’s decision to settle and grow roots here in Ōtautahi/Aotearoa has consequently re-shaped and expanded her thinking and influenced her art practice. She lives and works in Matuku Takotako/Sumner.


Johann has been Artist in Residence in France, Switzerland, Scotland and most recently the Volcanic artist residency in Whakatane with her long-time collaborator Dr. Victoria Edwards. She has an extensive exhibition history in both, her individual and collaborative practice (Edwards + Johann). She’s been recipient of a number of prestigious awards and a finalist in all major New Zealand Art Awards. Some of the professional highlights are: Molly Morpeth Canaday Award (E+J: Highly Commended 2017), Parkin Drawing Prize (IJ: Merit Award 2022, 2020, 2016 and E+J: Merit Award 2020, 2018), New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award (E+J: Supreme Winner 2016), The Margaret Stoddart Art Award (E+J: Highly commended 2008 and Supreme winner in 2009), Wallace Art Awards (E+J and IJ finalists).

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