In September I had the pleasure of doing a makeover and photographing Angela Mole, I know Angie personally from Curves gym in Merivale, where we have both been members for a number of years.
Angie and I got chatting, as you do when you are doing a circuit workout about how she needed new portrait images of herself for the Canterbury Artists Magazine, so...we set a date and decided to get to it!! A few weeks later off I toddled over to Angies house, with my makeup kit, my camera, and my big carry case of lights to have a play with Angies painting brushes, and her large selection of gorgeous scarves!!
I was fascinated with Angies work book, it was so interesting to see how her ideas start out, and where they end up, the thought process involved, the sketches, and how her paintings change over time, here is some info on this very inspiring artist and details about her work.
Angies current work reflects a fascination with time, movement and change - how these factors impact on people and the environment. She has completed a series of 10 conceptual coastscapes and 'The 8 Ages of Woman celebrating the positive"Focus on the beauty which remains in abundance in this world - then you will know peace."
This is Angela's brief as an artist. Being Christchurch born and Christchurch - based since 2009, it has fuelled her passion and kept her sane throughout shaky times.
Angela finds inspiration in collected 'organic treasures' - like Georgia O'Keefe ( USA 1887-1986 ). she gathers them - particularly shells from the beach - then celebrates their beauty in big, bold images.Simple undulating lines, and shell, egg, petal and leaf shapes are key motifs in her work.
Angela works mainly in acrylics and watercolours in a smooth, sleek semi-abstract style incorporating subtle collage elements - handmade Japanese papers a favourite. She is strongly influenced by Japanese minimalism and the Art Nouveau movement,and closer to home enjoys the work of contemporary NZ artists Dalene Meiring, Shona Moller and Gretchen Albrecht.
Aspects of our life stages; Patrick Hanley's 1970's '7 Ages of Man inspired her to attempt a women's perspective 40 years later. In 2013 the Time theme continues but she is experimenting with innovative formats - new application of collage, 3D paintings and non rectangular canvasses.
Angela's earlier work grew from friendships with young Japanese while ESOL teaching in Mid Canterbury. She developed an appreciation of Oriental culture and empathy with these students trying to grasp ours - and found satisfaction incorporating Japanese techniques and materials in her work. Angie's women convey a deep sense of peace - perhaps they are angels?
Angela has been painting and exhibiting in Canterbury for over a decade and completed a Diploma in Painting in 2011.