Photographer, mixed-media artist showing works

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Local landscapes . . . Dunedin artist Emmellee Rose has an exhibition of landscapes and abstract works opening at Koru NZ Art gallery on Sunday. PHOTO: BRENDA HARWOOD

Dunedin photographer and mixed-media artist Emmellee Rose will be showcasing a series of new works at the Koru gallery during February.

An Artsenta artist and member of the Otago Art Society, Rose creates works in two distinct styles – over-painted photographs of landscapes on Otago Peninsula and around Dunedin, as well as intricate grid-like abstract pieces.

Rose uses a multi-step process for creating her landscape works, transferring the photographic image to painted canvas and adding additional details in paint.

She learned about the process during art-making sessions at Artsenta, but has taken her own slant on it.

“I end up with a blend of photography, printmaking and painting that results in a unique art work each time,” she said.

Rose’s intricate grid-like abstract pieces aim to demonstrate the interconnectedness between humans and the urban environment.

Creating visual art has been a lifelong passion for Rose, who attended art school in San Francisco many years ago, and has also studied graphic design.

She attends art-making sessions at Artsenta once a week, where she enjoys the “supportive and helpful ” atmosphere.

As a member of the Otago Art Society, she also regularly participates in group exhibitions.

“It’s great to have that opportunity to showcase my work,” she said.

The exhibition at Koru gallery, at the corner of lower Stuart St and the Castle St one-way, will feature up to 17 pieces by Rose.

Koru NZ Art is a gallery and gift shop, which supports and showcases the works of about 70 mainly local artists.

An opening event for the Rose exhibition will be held at 1pm this Sunday, at which all are welcome.