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Katy Buess ­­­— artist, printmaker, illustrator

mixed media

Welcome Salusalu
WELKAM SALUSALU, 2015
Sculpted paper, paint, wire, glue, flax and shellac


Fool's Gold
FOOL’S GOLD, 2014
Sculpted paper, paint, wire, glue, ink and shellac


TakingLine4Walk
TAKING A LEAF LINE FOR A WALK, 2014
‘Most Interesting use of Medium’ Prize
McIntyre Dick & Partners - Provincial Pride Art Awards, 2014

Sculpted paper, paint, wire, glue and shellac


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SMALL SALUSALUS, 2014 #4 sold
Sculpted paper, paint, wire, glue, flax and shellac


Quatrefoil BlanketWeave Spiral(large)
QUATREFOIL, BLANKET WEAVE & SPIRAL, 2014
Sculpted paper, paint, wire, glue and shellac


Three new pieces for Off the Cuff exhibition at Southland Museum and Art Gallery

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HEIDELBERG STAR, PACIFIC WEAVE, WINDSOR COMET, 2012
Sculpted paper, paint, wire, glue, flax and shellac

The salusalu (or lei) is an adornment made of leaves or flowers and is placed around the neck. Commonly worn in the islands of the Pacific it is used to mark an occasion of greeting, farewell, appreciation or recognition. The reworking of the salusalu in my artwork pays homage to the original plant material and shows my interest in paper as a contemporary art medium. Now back in New Zealand my leaf arrangements of Vanuatu are being replaced with NZ natives as well as introduced species. I have been collecting fallen leaves from bush tracks in Southland to study and recreate as paper leaves. The pieces are then strung together and often displayed within the western tradition of a frame.

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‘Welcome to the South Pacific’ SALUSALU, 2012 sold
1st Prize - Southland Art Society Member, ILT Art Awards, 2012
Sculpted paper, paint, wire, glue, flax and shellac


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CONSERVING CULTURE, 2012 & SALUSALU CIRCLE, 2011 sold
Sculpted paper, paint, wire, glue, flax and shellac


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SOUTHERN AUTUMNAL SALUSALU
Sculpted paper, paint, wire, glue, flax and shellac



This is my ‘Funky Chicken’
made for the Southland Festival of Arts SPCA fundraiser. Local artists and school children created life size chickens or roosters. These were displayed around Invercargill in the windows of local retail stores, the Southland Museum and even at Queen’s Park animal enclosure. The chooks were then auctioned off in a silent bid auction to raise money for Invercargill SPCA’s Animal Ark project.

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‘JOHN POULET PACIFIC ROOSTER’, 2011 sold



I have been exploring sculptural ideas around the theme of leaves, mainly croton leaves (Codiaeum variegatum). These leaves are often used in local custom and ceremonies in Vanuatu, in the form of 'salusalu' and other body adornment. The 'giaman lif' or 'liar/fake leaves' are made from printmaking paper, sculpted, painted, then sealed.



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KALA LIF WEAVE, 2009; KALA LIF assemblage (detail), 2009; GIAMAN LIF, 2009 (with real leaf on left)
Sculpted paper, gouache and shellac







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© 2015 Katherine Buess