Mentee Interviews 2015-2016

Interview with Kenneth Merrick, a 2015 mentee working with Sam Mitchell

What did you work on with your mentor?
From the start we worked on the aspects of an art making practice that involved basic business know-how and relationship building. I was also very fortunate to get help with putting together a few proposals and entries, one on which was the John Fries Award.

What other opportunities arose from this mentorship?
I was lucky enough meet a few other mentees and mentors at various events and exhibitions. It was good to put faces to names as I would often see lists of names for shows that were on but would just never get the chance to see the work or meet the artist.

Would you recommend this mentorship programme or have any advice for future mentees?
100%. It was a great opportunity to get some insights into what an established artist does and doesn’t do. To any future mentees…get the numbers sorted!

What are you currently working on?
Since July of this year I have been living, working, and mostly getting lost in Tokyo. I’m currently working on some small animation, publication, and sonic projects which keep me busy outside of teaching.

 

You can find Kenneth’s work at http://kennethmerrick.com 

Interview with Rozana Lee, a 2016 mentee working with Jill Sorensen

What did you work on with your mentor?
During the mentoring programme, I worked on a couple of proposal writings, developing my art practice and building confidence in speaking about my work. I also made a 5 and 10 year plan/wish list.

What other opportunities arose from this mentorship?
Other opportunities arose from this mentorship: (not realised yet so they are still in my wish list) that there was a gathering event for all mentors and mentees to expand the community/network, as well as possibility to exhibit together.

Would you recommend this mentorship programme or have any advice for future mentees?
Yes, I would recommend this mentoring program. Advice for future mentees: make use of your time with the mentor. List down what you want to achieve from the mentoring programme and work toward it.

What are you currently working on?
This year, I am back to university to do my PGDipFA at Elam. I have just been awarded a Summer Research scholarship 2018.  I most likely will continue my study and pursue Master of Fine Arts next year. This year, I had a few group shows, a community project displayed at Corner Windows Gallery, and a solo show at Sanderson Contemporary Art. I am also participating in Artweek Auckland at Look@KRoad. My current research project is focusing on the cultural aspects of globalisation. It explores the idea of excess as a metaphor for cultural diversity and complexity that can be overwhelming in our contemporary lived experience.

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You can find Rozana’s work at http://www.rozanalee.com

Interviews conducted by Cadence Seeger, the 2017 Artists Alliance intern from Boston, USA. Cadence is a third-year student at Boston University and is currently in Auckland studying Art History at the University of Auckland.