X May 17, 2018

Had a natter with The Big Idea about some advice I would give my 22-year-old self!

It was always the road less travelled that interested Flox, a stencil artist with fine art roots who has traversed her way to becoming an icon of art in Aotearoa.

It’s always much easier in hindsight isn’t it? When I was 22, I was halfway through a degree at Art School, heading into an unknown future.

I graduated two years later and knew innately that I needed to maintain a certain momentum in my painting practice.

This quickly lead to a business course, and the inception of Flox Design Ltd, and years of hard but truly rewarding yakka!!

We were literally taught to make a career “choice” back then.  Like ‘one path or no path’ type scenario. Even then, I knew this wasn’t going to work for me, although that is a bloody hard idea to follow through with while everyone around you is saying otherwise.

I guess my advice would be to just trust your gut. The body is actually an amazing thing, and trusting in those gut instincts is something that I’ve learnt to take on over the years.

Sometimes your brain says something completely different to what your inner self is thinking, and I’d say –  99 percent of the time – that being over-analytical with your thinking is not the answer.

This takes practice too, I don’t think it’s something that is necessarily easily adopted, and certainly not an easy concept to digest for my 22 year old self!

It’s advice I try to keep living by, so have a read and let me know what you think on my Facebook or Instagram @floxnz.


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As an aerosol and stencil artist with a fine art degree, Flox has been making her mark on the inner cityscape of Auckland since 2003.

Her trademark native birds, ferns and flowers are a celebration of Aotearoa’s environmental taonga. Using distinctly vibrant and confident colour on a scale combined with delicacy they have magically transformed grey walls into vibrant depictions of the natural world.

Flox swiftly expanded her practice into prints, publications, murals, graphic design, live painting, projects and workshops for both schools and the wider public. She has been involved in numerous collaborations, charity work and both group and solo exhibitions.

Her accessible narratives have broadened the appeal and shaped her into one of New Zealand’s most recognised contemporary artists.

In recent years Flox has focused on refining new ideas, exploring other cultures and pushing her own artistic boundaries. This resulted in a three-month Artist Residency in Taiwan and a journey to Udaipur in India, to expand her international audiences.

Seen everywhere from Berlin, Hong Kong, New York, Taiwan, India and the US, Flox continues spreading her wings and making her presence felt across public spaces and homes worldwide.

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