Back Office: Creative Practice


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On the third Friday of each month, we’re passing the mic to the people we work with to share stories from behind the scenes. This month, you’ll hear from four artists who are part of our Gallery Assistant team. Louie Bretaña, Yeonjae Choi, Paola King-Borrero and Sarah Oostendorp will share their diverse creative practices: sculpture, installation, ceramics and drawing.

Back Office is a casual affair – a half-hour, monthly programme hosted in the Members Lounge as part of the Gallery’s Friday Lates. Drop in after happy hour at our café and still make it to your Friday night destination.


Keep an eye out for future events and speakers here.

Image credits:
Louie Bretaña, Tumingala sa Tinitingala na mga Tala at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, installation view. Courtesy of Te Uru. Photos by Sam Hartnett.
Yeonjae Choi, assorted works. Image courtesy of the artist.
Paola King-Borrero, Wishbone. Images courtesy of the artist.
Sarah Oostendorp, assorted works. Image courtesy of the artist.



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Louie Bretaña is a Filipino artist whose practice centres on decolonization and racial discourse through expressions of his cultural heritage. His work combines sculptural installation with relational aesthetics. He graduated Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines and the Elam School of Fine Arts. You can see his work in Dito sa Lupa para nang sa Langit at the Franklin Arts Centre, from 19 March to 14 May 2021. You can also find him at @siningbretana on Instagram.

Yeonjae Choi is a ceramic artist based in Auckland. She gained her Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT University, Melbourne. Her works explore the relationship between the interior and exterior of a vessel. She tutors ceramic classes for kids at Mairangi Arts Centre. See her work in Rest and Relaxation at Strange Haven, from 7–10 April and See the Unseen at 112 Nick Johnstone Drive, Waiheke Island (opening 3–4 April, 1–4pm). See more from @yeonyjay on Instagram.

Paola King-Borrero was born in Colombia and raised in New Zealand. Her artistic career has spanned decades of experimentation, with many forms and genres. She is greatly influenced by her international background, cultural sensitivities and her education in both Art History and Painting. Utilizing a vast collection of ephemera, textiles and materials found in nature, she creates works that reflect introspection, while portraying a narrative. You can catch her work at See the Unseen at 112 Nick Johnstone Drive, Waiheke Island (opening 3–4 April, 1–4pm). Explore Paola’s practice on her website.

Sarah Oostendorp is a process-based artist living in Auckland. Her practice focuses on the state of mind whilst creating large, labour-intensive drawings. These drawings are often done on large canvases with a variety of inks and paints. Drawn to the meditative quality of repetitive circular movements, her drawings evoke organic forms and delightful, spontaneous movement. You can see her work at See the Unseen at 112 Nick Johnstone Drive, Waiheke Island (opening 3–4 April, 1–4pm) and find her at @sarahoostendorp on Instagram.