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A title is worth a thousand pictures

Artists Jules Crafts and Viv Walker holding her work titled ‘Bee Kind’, outside Studio 2 at Con Art. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

John Lazo-Ron
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They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

But two artists have reversed the meaning of the saying by combining their creative skills for a small art exhibition that illustrates art through titles.

Greytown painter Jules Crafts and Carterton author and illustrator Viv Walker have created the show titled ‘Alternative Narrative’ that is inspired by new words around topical events and subjects that have influenced conversations and general living in people’s daily lives.

The show opened last Wednesday at Con Art Galleries Studio 2 in Masterton.

Both enjoy wordplay and a layer of narrative in their artworks and felt it would be interesting to combine ideas into a show.

“Titles are so important to me,” Walker said.

“In fact, I often come up with words before the image. They tend to be a sort of design brief in the creative process before the visuals form.”

Both Craft and Walker have decided to cross over on a couple of titles for the show with their own artistic take on it.

“We knew that we could have some fun with words and images,” Walker said.

“It’s also useful to have that extra pressure not only to meet a show deadline but to have another artist also relying on you to meet the deadline together. It makes you focus and zoom in on the finishing line.”

Alternative Narrative will run at Con Art Galleries until November 28. The studios and the main gallery are open on Wednesdays to Sundays from 10am – 4pm.

Walker said the artists may be working in the studio and are happy to chat with any visitors.

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