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Art NZ 156, 2015: Meditations on Materiality: An Interview with Marte Szirmay


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"Meditations on Materiality: An Interview with Marte Szirmay", Art New Zealand, No. 156, Summer 2015-16, pp. 48-55. Interview with Hungarian-born New Zealand sculptor Marte Szirmay (b. 1946). Introduction to the article: "In recent weeks, the refugee crisis has dominated news sites and social media. Hungary's extreme right-wing government has been ruthless in its response, putting up barbed wire fences in an attempt to stop Syrian, Afghan and Iraqi refugees entering the country from Serbia and Croatia. In 1956, Hungarians associated with the revolution against a Soviet-imposed communist regime were fleeing their own country. Ten-year-old Marte Szirmay crossed the border with her family on 6 December, and arrived in New Zealand in April 1957. Over the course of a life dedicated to sculpture, she seems to have, as it were, flown under the radar. I interviewed her at her house in Mount Roskill, where, from the second-storey lounge, I could gaze serenely over Auckland and the Manukau Harbour, while Marte seemed to be constantly under attack from an elderly cat. 'Do you feel at home in New Zealand?' I asked."

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: contemporary New Zealand art, sculpture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture
Depositing User: Edward Hanfling
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2015 01:20
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 03:46

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