Siân Torrington makes art, poetry, writing and performance. She also works as a curator, writer and community arts worker. Her work investigates the creative process itself, through drawing, installation and sculpture. She is currently interested in expression of gender diversity, sexuality and social history through multi media projects. Her installation work is built in response to specific environments; colourful and diverse material structures which inhabit, lean up against and wrap built environments. Her work has been commissioned for public art institutions, including ‘Soft is Stronger than Hard’ at City Gallery Wellington, and ‘The way you have held things’ for Christchurch Art Gallery, as well as for festivals, and by the Public Art Fund, Wellington. She has held artist residencies in Samoa at Tiapipata Arts Centre, and Shanthi Rd, India through the Asia New Zealand Foundation. Siân has taught fine arts at COCA, managed a diverse range of community arts projects, and published writing, poetry and essays.
Siân graduated with an MFA with distinction from Massey University in 2010, has had numerous solo and groups shows, and works from a studio in Wellington New Zealand.
We Don’t Have to Be The Building was a large scale art and social history project in Wellington that looked at queer activism from Homosexual Law Reform to today. These drawings were made of 7 people who responded to a call to participate in fully consensual life drawing. In an attempt to disrupt the traditional power of the artist, I drew in full view of the people being drawn, and invited them to move, talk, and wear whatever they like. Because their bodies belong to them, & it’s an honour to draw whatever they choose to offer me.
Drawing it Out (1)
Drawing it Out (3)
Drawing it Out (5)
Charcoal on paper 1200 x 1800mm $650
Charcoal on paper 1500 x 2100mm $800
Charcoal on paper 800 x 1200mm $700
All of my Club works were made in response to the violence and abuse that we experience on the street and in public places. As women, queer and trans* communities, non-binary people, who are targeted with judgements, assumptions and worse. When I was stopped on the street by a group of men and verbally abused, I began to wonder what a queer, revolutionary response or defense would look like. I imagined my friends, lovers and communities appearing in drag, as punks, activists, femmes, heros, in glittery heels and shabby glory. These clubs were what I imagined we might carry; to resist these forces of fear and shame with pride, colour and surety in our own being and collective existence.