Rose Petterson (nee Harray) graduated from the Otago Polytechnic School of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture major) in 2006.  Since graduating Rose has been working as a sculptor, exhibiting in numerous group shows and sculpture parks, throughout the country.  She has also been freelancing in the film industry in a variety of roles, including production design, art direction, props master, sculptor and on-set standby.  

Her training as a sculptor and work experience on film and stage sets has provided her with a wide knowledge of materials, set design techniques and construction methods. In 2013 she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Design, majoring in animation and digital sculpture, which as further enhanced her skills in the film making arena and as a professional sculptor.


Rose lives in Oakura, Taranaki with her young family of 3 children.  And works from her newly purpose-built studio, sculpting in a variety of medium including steel, 3D printed plastic and using recycled materials like soft plastics that would otherwise go to landfill.


Wider artistic statement

My art practice is largely an investigation of the dichotomy of opposites.  How binary oppositions relate and reflect one another.  How does the seen world and the unseen world relate and give reference to one another?  I am interested with the abstract concepts of light and dark, with relation to their physical and invisible properties. This concern with light and dark has also led me to investigate ideas of transparency and the relationship between the ethereal and the earthly, the spiritual and the physical, what is permanent and what is temporary.  Who are we as a part of creation?


I have explored these concepts using various sculptural mediums. From the softness of wax to the rigidity of steel, I use solid materials in a way that speaks of both the abstract concepts of light and transparency, and also of darkness and density. 


I have been developing a series of 3D printed work.  What I like about this medium or process of creating is that it has the ability to print complex and intricate pieces that couldn’t otherwise be fabricated.  The potential of 3D printing is another binary opposition – I can print delicate looking work that is actually made of a robust material.


Most recently I have begun to investigate and experiment with the use of waste products and have been stockpiling our families soft plastic waste that is not recyclable and would otherwise end up in the landfill or worse in our waterways and in the stomachs of precious animal species.  A product that has such a temporary use and yet has such a permanence in the earth for so long.