Fantasyland book published in conjunction with the exhibition held at the Hawke's Bay Exhibition Centre in 2002. This catalogue features endpapers of wallpaper designed by Martin Poppelwell. Exhibition design, most artwork and wallpaper by Martin Poppelwell.
Kamaka book produced for the same exhibition held at the Hawke's Bay Exhibition Centre in 2005. This show and catalogue feature the work of potters Bruce and Estelle Martin of Kamaka Pottery in Hastings.
These photographs were shown at the Hawke's Bay Invitational 2011 at the Hastings City Art Gallery. Reviewed in Art News New Zealand Winter 2011 by Lucy Hammonds: "As with any large survey, this exhibition is a mixed bag. Where it excels is in its moments of surprise and discovery, which for me was the diptych Falling, Flying by Napier photographer Denise Wilkinson."
These collages are assembled on a vintage formica tray, photographed and framed with a wood grain matt board and a thin brushed steel molding to imitate the handles on the tray.
This work stems from the collages produced for the Source show in Hastings. Playing with combinations of ordinary domestic and personal objects, images from fairy tales and hands from magazines allows another view of things. The hands and arms act as the 'plus' sign in a mathematical equation enabling the joining of objects to make new sentences, make new sense?
Light pours in and out of, and through these containers.
An aspect of photography that I find interesting is in fact very obvious - the use of, and need for light in order to make an image. I am drawn to photographing ordinary bits of light that we take for granted and am inspired by Bill Culbert's photographs of light, lights and 'found' light and his sculpture incorporating plastic bottles and other domestic objects with fluorescent tubes.
This wine box was made for Mosaic Art Space auction in 2010.
The piano shaped music box and accompanying dressing table objects were created from photos of the real objects and reassembled into 3D by a series of intricate cutting and gluing procedures in the same way you make a box from a flat form.
What are little girls made of? Volumes lining the walls of her home indicate this artist’s love of books. It’s unsurprising to discover that her first job was in a library, as Denise’s art practice could be seen as a consistent illustration of autobiography. The provocation of the ‘Source’ show has encouraged reflection. Recalling a time Grandmother, mother, aunt and herself worked together at the local picture theatre, she says a lineage of independent women has defined her. Mother created fancy dress costumes, from beloved fairy tales and at five years old, adorned in gossamer and tulle, Denise can still taste the disappointment in a wand that clearly has no magic.Aside from these difficult childhood lessons, the obvious construction of gender implied by the passive female characters of fable has been of interest. Eric Winter’s paintings in the children’s ladybird books of the sixties are coveted examples of potent archetypal images that have stayed with Denise. Snow white preserved in a ‘glass coffin’ and the prised pea that defines a princess, are particular favourites. Snow White and Rose Red, (who have appeared previously in her work) run down a Napier service lane. Representing two sides of the artist, they are now located in her own photographic landscape. The images are intentionally created without digital intervention. The camera becomes a drawing tool. Denise states that she “makes photos, not takes photos”. Working in series, personal objects are physically cut out and placed in juxtapositions that allude to ‘self portrait’. Denise’s visual narratives are intensely personal, highly metaphoric and invite the ‘reader’ to ponder what this woman is made of, and perhaps recognise themselves for a moment. Maree Mills, Director Hastings City Art Gallery 2010
Untitled (Fairytales with domestic objects) 2010
hand collaged digital photographs, series of nine, available individually
Source exhibition 2010
Source: a group show with Jo Blogg, Linda Bruce, Leanne Culy, Jill Webster, Anneleise Hough, Elaine Mayer, Desna Whaanga-Schollum, Fiona Hislop, Denise Wilkinson.