The Arrival 2020 Flox & TrustMe

In Association with Central Otago District Council and Teviot Valley Community Development Group.

One of the Teviot Valley’s defining characteristics has been an enduring amalgamation of different people and different cultures. It has always attracted and drawn people to it for a variety of reasons; Māori traversed the Pacific and used the Central Otago area as a travel route and seasonal food source. Miners came from Asia, Australia and Europe based on the speculative promise of gold. Settlers built a platform for the development of significant horticultural and agricultural industries. And more recently the fruit industry has been supported by a workforce who come from a range of countries including Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Malaysia.

Underpinning the mural is a creative response to the statement “We all came here from somewhere else and this is what shapes the Teviot now”.

Within this statement exists two key elements, People (we) and Place (here). The artists believe the relationship that exists between these two things is critical in terms of addressing cultural identity. They also believe that a primary role of murals is to acknowledge, celebrate and contribute to the identity of where they are created, in this case Roxburgh and the Teviot Valley. With a focus on People and Place, the artists drew together a collection of references that talk about the people of the Teviot and nature of the environment.

This project employed art as a transformational tool on a practical and social level. It has transformed the building and the wider streetscape that hosts it. And it contributes to the growing recognition of the role seasonal workers play within the Teviot community.

It is the artists hope that the mural helps foster greater cohesion between residents and seasonal workers through recognising the contribution of migrants and seasonal workers to the character of the Teviot Valley area (past, present and future). The artists also intend to celebrate the histories of the people of the valley, helping cultivate collective pride and a shared sense of belonging.

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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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Flox Portrait