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Nursing funds art.

Part-time theatre nurse at Wellington's Bowen Hospital, Catherine Sinclair, has used her theatre experience to inspire her Latest art work, a self portrait. Detail from a Five-hour Face Lift (below) was one of 93 paintings exhibited in the Adam Portraiture Exhibition in Wellington, part of Last month's International Arts Festival.


"In this work I am playing with the idea of the nurse as a saint or an angel, with the theatre light radiating around my head," said Sinclair. "The retractor in my hand adds a mystery, as you cannot see the whole instrument. The painting is also a humorous indication that face lift surgery is not only done in America or on reality TV programmes, but also here in New Zealand.

"Being able to see the structure under the skin in face lift surgery has helped me sketch and paint my own face. Making art about what I know gives me a great deal of satisfaction."

Sinclair is an NZNO delegate at Bowen Hospital and has just completed her Diploma in Art and Creativity (Hons) through Wellington's Learning Connexion. She has "scribbled and doodled" all her life, and began painting a decade ago when working part-time as an anaesthetic technician trainee at Hurt Hospital.

Sinclair began her nursing training at the Palmerston North Hospital School of Nursing in 1980. She has been an active NZNO delegate over many years and was on NZNO's then national executive following the merger of NZNA and NZNU in 1993.

She sees herself nursing into the future to fund her artwork. She continues to experiment with sculpture, installation as social commentary and performance art, and is already developing an idea for the next Adam Portraiture Award in 2012.

* Co-editors note: The photo on p14 of lost month's issue may hove suggested that charge nurse manager Lynn Clade was one of Mary Daly's clients. We apologise for any offence caused.

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Title Annotation:NEWS AND EVENTS
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Apr 1, 2010
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