Creating an engaging and inclusive programme sees First Thursdays Chch working with both established and emerging artists. With a wealth of creatives studying and stepping out into the art world every day, we relish opportuntities to showcase the talent nurtured by organisations such as Ara Art and Design. With their help, we were introduced to the incredibly talented McChesney-Kelly Adams, who answered our call for an interactive artwork that tied into our ABRACADABRA theme.
In her third and final year of her Visual Arts degree at Ara, McChesney-Kelly Adams enjoys creating hyper-realistic drawings with a mystical twist. Using pencil and watercolour washes on plywood, Adams has created a mystical spinning wheel which offers the audience a chance to divine their inner animal guide.
Born of the idea of old-time carnivals and fairs populated with palm readers, crystal balls, try-your-luck games and rickety rides, the aesthetic is one that is at once familiar but strange.
The work plays on the idea of the benevolent charlatan and acknowleging our never ending desire to find deeper meanings and purpose within random events and our inner selves. Adams selected an unlikely array of animals, creating an alternative set of mystical spiritual guides and symbols of our inner selves. These creatures are divined with a mere spin to help encourage and direct you on your path. Who wouldn't want a hedgehog guiding them through the turmoils of life?
Her interactive, playful and mystical take on a 'wheel of fortune' - Madame McChesney's Animals will be sited inside The Colombo in the lead up to our event.
Many thanks to Ara Art & Design for their support in making this work possible!