New Zealand's most renowned artist

Maurice Bennett: The Toastman

Burning Desire

One fine day, after seeing a burning motorcycle in the street, inspiration struck. I was fascinated by the transformative power of the fire, tuming an ordinary object into something else. Soon, there was no stopping me, for just as an conventional artist take a blank canvas and oil paints and makes a art work, I took "flames as my paint brush and objects as my canvas: I burned a number of items, a TV, a pile of newspapers, a sofa and a pair of shoes. And then I exhibited the results, I saw beauty in the charred remains and the altered forms but how they still hold something of their original purpose.