Tessa Laird

Tessa Laird is a writer, artist and lecturer based in Auckland currently teaching at Manukau School of Visual Arts, and completing her Masters at the Elam School of Fine Arts. Tessa writes monthly art review for the new Zealand Listener


In the beginning there was the worm: Animal voices beyond the verbal

Four humanimals creep, crawl, sniff and moan their way through a seated audience, towards an empty performance area which awaits their presence. Snorting and snuffling is audible as the liminal creatures rub themselves against giggling audience members, rolling across laps and crawling under chairs. Their faces are painted with dark bands across the eyes—like a species of bird, bandit, or warrior. When they reach the performance area, they crouch in a circle, continuing their muffled cries as one of them stands.

Considering the Animals
New Arrival: Brian Butler, Director of Artspace
Interview with Brian Butler, the new Director of Artspace, Auckland. Questions are raised regarding Butler's decision to leave his position at the Los Angeles cutting edge art gallery 1301PE in order to direct a publicly funded space in Auckland and his visions for the future of Artspace.
New Zealand Contemporary Art Turangawaewae A Place to Stand
Unley Museum NAVA Cementa