Poet: Tusiata Avia
Printer: Elizabeth Serjeant
Medium: Text - Garamond foundry type on Schoeller Durex paper printed by letterpress at The Green Bay Press. Image - polymer plate from paintings on grained glass.
Size: 415 x 290 mm
Limited Edition of 9
Tusiata Avia is a poet, performer and children's writer. Her solo stage show, Wild Dogs Under My Skirt, premiered in New Zealand in 2002 and has since toured internationally. She's the author of two poetry collections Wild Dogs Under My Skirt (VUP, 2004) and Bloodclot (VUP, 2009). In 2010, she was Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence at the University of Canterbury. Her poems have been selected for Best New Zealand Poems and runner up in the 2010 Takahe Poetry Competition. Currently she is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at The Manukau Institute of Technology.
Elizabeth Serjeant, print and bookmaking artist, gained her fascination with text and imagery from her early experience in graphic design, working for the media company Dormer Beck Advertising.
She later studied printmaking from Rodney Fumpston at the Auckland Society of Arts and trained in bookbinding at Auckland Institute of Technology.
Elizabeth Serjeant has taught as a guest lecturer at Elam Summer School, Unitec, (Auckland), University of Waikato (Hamilton), Tairawhiti (Gisborne) and Eastern Institute of Technology (Hawke's Bay).
She runs very popular classes on bookbinding and printing through various locations including Auckland, Whanganui and Christchurch.
Over the years she has worked with a number of established New Zealand writers producing images in response to their poetry, including Hone Tuwhare and Albert Wendt. In 1989 with a QEII grant she completed a suite of lithographs to accompany the poems for the limited edition hand printed book The Visionary. Contributing poets included Keri Hulme, Alistair Paterson, Denys Trussell, Ross Fraser, Cilla McQueen Rangi Faith and Riemke Ensing.
She notes "...it has been wonderful to enter the world of words and write back in your own language..."
Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.