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Deborah Rundle


The 2020 YSP/Te Tuhi residency artist Deborah Rundle’s practice focuses on language as a means to explore power relations; she has a particular interest in the machinations of late capitalism.

Rundle will take up a four-week residency here at YSP, in partnership with Te Tuhi – one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary art spaces – and supported by philanthropists Sigrid and Stephen Kirk. She is the second recipient of this award, the first being Mount Maunganui artist Darcell Apelu in 2019.
During her time at YSP, Rundle will research and develop new work in response to the 1875 Weavers’ Strike, and the key figure of Ann Ellis, through artworks that link actions from the past with contemporary actors and issues within the field of labour. Rundle says: “In this project, I hope to call up the past to reappear as a reminder of the failings of the present. As today’s workers navigate their way in the field of labour, especially in the light of the challenges posed by COVID-19 and the climate emergency, it is clear that things should not continue as they are.”
Deborah Rundle graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland with an MFA in 2017. In addition to her personal art practice, she is a member of the artist collective Public Share, which employs a socially and politically engaged art practice, and is a member of the artist-run space RM.