Fantastical Forest

X July 14, 2022

Fantastical Forest

By Flox x Sweats

This artwork pays homage to the unique geography and flora/fauna that form part of the Taranaki region, both now and in days gone by.

The Kamahi Walk in East Egmont otherwise known as The Goblin Forest, is a local tourist attraction and has been compared to that of a fantasy movie. Kamahi trees interweave and curl themselves around existing trees, creating a very distinctive, gnarled and twisted-like forest.

This ancient setting has formed the basis of inspiration for this artwork.  Fantastical goblin-like faces and enchanted creatures follow the viewer with their eyes and interweave amongst Kamahi botanicals and an extinct pair of Huia, while bright neon pops of colour contrast to an otherwise dense forest-like pale


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My Story

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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