In 2006 I completed my Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design. While at Art School I was drawn to Pop Art and Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe Paintings and Screen prints. The Luscious lips and his use of vibrant vivacious colour led me to look at the place of beauty and glamour in today's consumer society and its effect on identity - I was painting and drawing multiple lips with pencil and paint in an attempt to signify the beautiful surfaces of the things we love to buy, to own and to consume. It then evolved into using my own lips to kiss the canvas and paper using lipstick thus short-circuiting the need to paint and draw multiple lips. I use my own lips as a ‘printer’. The act of kissing the surface of the canvas represents the love for the 'beautiful things' with which we surround ourselves. I started out using just one lipstick colour and composing monochromatic pictures but eventually got my hands on as many colours as I could. Since then I have been collecting examples from the images of beauty and glamour that surround us, constructing images from them as models from which I could paint. With the exaggerated size of the artworks as well as the careful placing and perfecting of each lip print I glorify the surface and the objects of desire that are portrayed.
'Enslaved by the manipulative mechanisms of contemporary advertising, I self consciously and adoringly mimic the media.'
Available artworks and prints are for sale. I also have greeting cards as an extension of my work. For more information please write me a note,
June 2011 Painting in store at Kirkcaldie and Stains Ltd, Wellington
June 2011 Group exhibition, Kina Gallery, New Plymouth
May 2011 All sorted goods, Group exhibition NPGHS, Kina Gallery, New Plymouth
2010 Mt Pleasant Art Exhibition, Group show, Christchurch
2009 Look Good Feel Better, Cancer charity ball auction, Auckland
2009 New Zealand Art Show, Wellington
2009 Lipstick Queen - Poppy King, Kirkcaldie and Stains Ltd, Wellington
2009 Read my lips, Solo exhibition, Rise, Wellington
2006 Peoples Choice Award, EIT, Hawkes Bay
2006 Untitled Final Edition, Group exhibition,Vent Gallery, EIT, Hawkes Bay
2005 Solo Exhibition, Sappho and Heath, Napier