New Zealand sculptor is Hannah Kidd is based in Methven. She exhibits throughout New Zealand and in Australia in galleries and outdoor sculpture parks. Her works in Re:START mall Christchurch, commissioned by SCAPE Public Art 2015, are proving wildly popular. They include a woman feeding stray cats, a peering elderly lady, and a lawn-mowing bloke. They are typically brilliant, funny and insightful.
Kidd graduated from Otago Polytechnic School of Art in 2001. She sculpts using primarily steel rod and corrugated iron to produce both small and large scale pieces and installations.
She describes her practice as explorative: "I'm investigating people and the relationships they have with their surrounding environment. Animals continue to feature heavily in my work and are frequently used as a vehicle to discuss the human condition."
Her work is immediately recognisable and often humourous. She pays homage to much loved animals - dogs, monkeys and giraffes, and some of the most unpopular, including snakes and weasels.
Working figuratively allows her to address a range of subjects and themes and to make them accessible through familiar iconography.
Historically, a player's progression up the board represented a life journey complicated by virtues (ladders) and vices (snakes). Because the game is won through sheer luck, for Kidd, it represents life's unchosen trials and rewards.
International exhibitions include I'm sure I've seen that before, Vienna, Austria (2002); Sculpture by the Sea, Australia (biannually since 2007); and Sculpture by the Sea, Denmark (2009, 2011). In New Zealand she exhibits at NZ Sculpture OnShore, Auckland; Sculpture on the Peninsula, Governor's Bay; and Tai Tapu Sculpture Garden.
In 2010 Kidd won the Montalto Sculpture Award, Australia and the People's Choice Award at NZ Sculpture OnShore. In 2012 she was a finalist for both Montalto and the New Zealand Wallace Art Awards.