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Dunedin School of Art student Maggie Covell’s Masters in Fine Art research project, “Hidden in Plain Sight”, was installed in various public spaces throughout the city last week.

Maggie's work centres on mental health, and body autonomy issues connected to; individuals who identify as female within New Zealand society, and the social histories relating to this.

However, last week, some of the billboards installed outside the Otago Museum Reserve were thrown into a pile and stomped on.

Maggie said the vandalism was annoying, but did not believe the attack was malicious. The works have since been reinstalled

The visual artist’s project examines the relationships between the individual, the private and the public space through a series of installations within targeted social spaces.

The billboard installations feature wallpaper designs consisting of mass-produced items associated with mental health, and body autonomy arranged in familiar patterns. The installations also feature a grouping of smaller signs which reinterprets language taken from info-signs found in public spaces as a protest action.

The works aim to function as creative interventions, facilitating discussion and other interpersonal actions. A QR code redirects individuals to an information page, where they are able to track the progression of the project.

Six locations around Dunedin have been selected to showcase the installations: Union Lawn [Otago University], Museum Reserve [Otago Museum], Logan Park, Bayfield Park, the Oval, and Mornington Park.

The first phase of works were installed on 8 August , and the second phase commences on 22 August.

The installations are in association with Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin School of Art, Otago University and Dunedin City Council.

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Published on 17 Aug 2021

Orderdate: 17 Aug 2021
Expiry: 31 Oct 2021