The Heat presents Birds, Bodies, & Things From Before The Fire, featuring Tony Guo, Priscilla Rose Howe, and Ed Ritchie.
Priscilla Rose Howe is fascinated by the realms that we cannot see, what we cannot touch, with the subconscious, the dissociative, the afterlife, and the paranormal. Since she was young Priscilla has chased otherworldliness. As a queer artist, she sees potential in otherworldliness. The characters in her work live out the freedom that exists in these disparate spaces — in a society that isn’t so heteronormative, so based on a binary reality.
Her intricate pencil drawings reference the fantastical and fluid world of films, cartoons, circus, and vaudeville — spaces where theatricality and performance take centre stage. Performing has long been a part of her life. With her drawings, she creates spaces for her characters, and our imaginations, to perform within and to challenge how we operate within domestic and built environments.
Tony Guo (1999) is a painter born in Aotearoa who grew up in Northeast China. He migrated to Tāmaki Makaurau in 2012 by himself, spending his teen years with host families while adapting to multiculturalism. Vested in modes of figurative oil paintings, Guo’s work projects queer allegory in a psycho-theatre, as moments of whimsy mask a journey into a captive dilemma.
He completed an MVA at AUT in 2022 and continues to expand his conceptual and technical realms through research and practice.
Based in Ōtepoti Ed Ritchie has a predominantly object-focused practice, working with a range of found materials, often responding to architectural attributes of given space or echoing familiar mechanisms in their assemblage. Ritchie completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons) in 2017 through the Dunedin School of Art and has since become a founder and co-facilitator of ARI Favour. Recent exhibitions include: Central heating, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Ōtepoti (2021); Hush Swarms, Hot lunch, Ōtautahi Christchurch (2020); Console Whispers, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Ōtepoti (2019).