Kerri McGill, from Northeast USA, is the 2020 Masterton District Fellow, supported by the Masterton District Council.
McGill's art practice is mixed-media map collage dreamscapes which she describes as "poetic observations of humanity". Her internal map is made of mountains, valleys and twisting streets of historic New England, where she works as a scenic artist for film, undertaking large-scale projects and a range of technical processes, yet her early work was intimate narratives in oil. She has held an artist residency in Buenos Aires and done creative work in Dubai.
Her participation in Copenhagen's Neuroaesthetics Conference galvanized her interest in the connection between vision and self manufactured realities, and grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council have supported her exploration of the effects of city planning on quality of life.
As an artist, Kerri McGill is both researcher and storyteller, and drawings and maps are the starting point for her Masterton District Fellowship. She is reflecting on the beauty of the Wairarapa landscape and also the larger themes of the changing environment.
During her stay in Wairarapa, McGill has given presentations at Wai Art and Masterton Art Club, has created in the studio space at ConArt in the Masterton Arts Quarter, has collaborated with the Outdoor Poems project to construct a mural for Jackson Street, and has been interviewed by Wairarapa Times-Age and Radio New Zealand.
Kerri McGill sees her "artwork as an active object. It brings a permanent stillness to a moment, where only the paint and one’s vision creates the motion. It creates a space that fosters new thoughts and ideas."