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Intraculture Sculpture: A Conversation with Chris Booth

by John K. Grande

Born in Kerikeri, New Zealand, in 1948, Chris Booth has pursued sculpture associated with the land, earth forms, and indigenous peoples of the regions where he has worked. He received his initial education at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and then branched out to study with various sculptors in Europe, including Barbara Hepworth, Denis Mitchell, and John Milne in England and Quinto Ghermandi in Italy. Booth has participated
in numerous land art projects in France, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Canada, and the Canary Islands, to name a few. While his sculpture draws on Maori and Australian Aboriginal characteristics, his works remain unique, capturing aspects of topography, natural history, and landscape forms. He categorizes these works as Slabs, Earth Blankets, Boulder works, and Columns. His public art commissions have included works in New Zealand and Australia, Germany, Holland, and the United Kingdom. A monograph titled Chris Booth: Sculpture in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, published by Random House, New Zealand in 2001, remains the principal reference on Booth’s art.

Nga Uri O Hinetuparimaunga (detail), 2005. Stone and steel, 21 elements, 420 x 10,000 x 150 cm. “Earth Blanket” created in collaboration with Diggeress Te Kanawa. Photo: Jenny Scown.

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