A petite house is set afloat upon the lake. Light, graceful and picturesque like something out of a fairytale, 'Smoke House' is part of Louise Purvis's 'System' series in which she builds site-responsive sculpture. Each line of steel has been carefully cut, bent and welded into shape by the artist herself to create this captivating piece.
Purvis is known for her technical expertise and dedication to the process of making, producing incredibly detailed and finely finished work in stone or metal. Ambitious, the artist enjoys pushing the capabilities of the medium she is working in, often resulting in sculpture which is original and unique.
Born in Pahiatua in 1968, Purvis completed her Diploma in Design at Waiariki Polytechnic in 1990. She was awarded prestigious Arts Council grants in both 1990 and 1992. The artist won a Commonwealth Fellowship in Arts in 1994 leading her to work and study in Europe. She has exhibited widely in both group and solo shows, including a survey show at The Dowse in 1995 and Sculpture on the Gulf in 2009. Public commissions include Te Puna Wai Ora, Wellington (2003); Promise boat, Auckland (2004); Catchment, Auckland (2006); Seismic, Wellington; and Land map, I Shou University, Taiwan.