Ōhope, New Zealand
Growing up in the Central North Island and based beneath the mountains in her earlier years is where Poots discovered her love for the outdoors. Establishing her art business based close to the surrounding Ruahine Ranges of Hawke’s Bay, her adventures spread from the magnificent peaks to the depth of the sea in search for integrity and inspiration. She now resides close to the ocean in Ōhope. These natural environments are a major influence in her works. Her creations tell the story how human and nature can co-exist, however they also highlight the challenges that these two have had in the past and the challenges ahead. The need for solidarity to protect our unique landscape, wildlife, and surrounding oceans is the driving force behind her work.
Graduating from Elam school of Fine Art at The University of Auckland in 2019 with Honours, she came to realise that she wanted to create a story, conversation and depth within her art practice, to have a higher purpose in what she creates rather then a pretty picture. Her works can be seen as a way to express the awakening between humans and nature that we could have. Letting Mother Nature and her creations teach us to how embrace and breathe the wonders of this world, to get back into sync and stop destroying the treasures and protect them instead – ‘to reconnect with nature’. Letting the whispers of nature influence our actions. Reconsider the fundamental abilities to survive, to feel alive, and challenge our skills as an integration back to the wilder.
Sam Poots is an emerging artist branding herself as ‘ART OF POOTS’. Poots specialises in a technique called pointillism or known as ‘stippling’. This is a style of drawing which involves using dots of ink or distinct colour to create illusion of form.
Sam uses this pointillism technique to create her interact and highly detailed pieces. High quality paper is a key aspect to her work finding a paper that is sustainable, durable and clean. She using Rotring Rapidograph pens to get the finest of detail, the smallest pen nib being .10mm. She also sees this as an added environmental factor as she can refill each cartridge, ultimately limiting her plastic waste from single use pens.
2015 - 2019 - BFA (honours) The University of Auckland, Elam
UP AND COMING EXHIBITIONS
2021 - 'Kings Collage Art Exhibition' Auckland, NZ
2021 - 'Water Women' - Old Art House - Raglan, NZ
2021 - 'Sustain' Sustainable Coastlines, Auckland NZ
2020 - "THe WILder" -- Solo Exhibition -- Creative Arts Napier, NZ
2020 - 'Kings Collage Art Exhibition' Auckland, NZ
2019 - 'Ruapehu Art Awards' Twin Rivers Gallery. Taumaranui, NZ
2019 - 'Taranaki Art Awards' Taranaki, NZ
2019 - 'Forever Changing' Group Exhibition. Eivins - National Park, NZ
2019 - 'The Waimarino Art Awards' Raetihi, NZ