Graduate Profile

Kim Logue

Kim Logue - Visual Arts

Kim Logue has a fascination for glass and ceramics that has led her to working in obsidian. “I finished my degree in applied arts in 2012 and haven’t stopped since. After I finished my, I travelled to India for three months and the journey unfolded in front of me.”

“In India, I did a wood-fired ceramics course at the Golden Bridge Pottery in Pondicherry where the American tutor there knew Richard Parker, a NorthTec tutor here. From there I travelled around visiting different galleries and artists in their studios.”

Kim has had her work accepted for several major art competitions including the Wallace Art Awards, the Gold Award in Otago, the Northland Art Awards, the Waiheke Small Sculpture Award and twice for Ranamok – Australasia’s premier glass competition.

Kim - “I was lucky enough to work as an intern for Maureen Cahill who is the co-founder of Ranamok and also owns The Glass Artists Gallery in Sydney. I’m back and forward to Australia at the moment exhibiting work there as well as getting to check out other exhibitions like the Sydney Biennale.”

“Because I work with obsidian, I’m constantly pushing boundaries and experimenting, which suits me perfectly. I use tools, in particular the saw, as icons to encourage discussion about the deforestation of NZ Kauri Forests and to raise questions about the price of ‘progress’.  The saw is a metaphor for both destruction and construction, while the fragility of glass references the balance between the two.

Kim is also Artist-in-Residence at the Kerikeri NorthTec campus. “I get to interact with the students, they see how I work, plus I get to use the kiln. In my degree course there, I loved having the freedom to follow my own line of enquiry. We were encouraged to play and experiment and the tutors then supported you with their immense knowledge.”

“Richard Parker, the ceramics tutor, also encourages students to enter exhibitions and awards so you get familiar with that process, plus you learn to deal with rejection without taking it personally or letting it stop you in your tracks. The tutors equip us with good practices so when that you finish your training, you’re right on the ball and ready to go.”

And Kim is still going for it. “I’ve given myself 2-3 years to get established. Finances are a challenge for artists but I love my work so I’m prepared to sacrifice my standard of living in order to do it. I love challenging myself with the materials I am using. There is so much out there to learn and so many people doing great stuff. At the moment I’m saying say yes to opportunities that come up. The fluidity of this work suits my nature and I love it.”

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