Rose Petterson (nee Harray) has been a practising artist for the last 15 years, exhibiting nationally in both sculpture and painting and 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. She graduated from the Otago Polytechnic School of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture major) in 2006 and completed a Post Grad. Dip. in Design focussing on Animation/Digital Sculpture in 2013. 

I sculpt in a variety of media, including steel, wood, wax, 3D printing, paint, plastic and employ a variety of construction methods to achieve my work.  I also use many different digital applications for physical art, film-making, digital sculpture and 3D printing. 

Though I use a wide variety of medium the main focus throughout my art practice is largely to do with identity and how we relate to both the physical and spiritual worlds.  I love to employ symbolism, pattern and other storytelling techniques to provide a visual starting point of who we are and how we fit in the world. 

Rose lives in Oākura, Taranaki with her young family of 3 children.  She 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

I use my art practice as an investigation into 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.  These concepts ultimately lead me to the ask and answer the questions; Who am I? Where do I come from? What is my identity? Who are we as a part of creation?  How do we sit in the liminal spaces, the spaces of the 'inbetween'?


I have explored these concepts using various sculptural and paint 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.

I have been exploring the concept of 'allowing' while I paint.  To allow the paint to pour how it likes, to allow the paint to speak to me as I work with it.  To speak to me of the mysteries of the Spirit and the Cosmos, to reveal truths about ancient pathways and to be make visible the things that are invisible in a process that is largely intuitive.


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.