Vicky Savage works from her studio in Auckland and has been exhibiting her work at the Parnell Gallery for the past thirteen years. During this time she spent four years studying at Elam and completed her degree in fine art, majoring in sculpture. Her work is generally cast in bronze.
Savage’s pieces focus on the expression of human relationship, whether this be in terms of another or regarding a particular environment or phase of life. Her aesthetic employs an harmonious fusion of symbolism, scale and design. The artist’s innate ability to find balance among these aspects results in the deceptively simple realisation of the essence of relationships and their place within the environment. In one of her works ‘making time’ a tiny pacing man is dwarfed by a young plant, a deft manipulation of scale and meaning which conveys the fruit of this effort. In another, a figure pushes a globe uphill, this literal ‘taking on the world’ expressing a spirit of human endeavour and realisation against the odds. This sense of striving and achievement is a celebratory theme which is often explored through the use of stairs, carved into a solid, monumental base. A resting couple reflect at the top of their respective stairs as two halves of the whole in ‘A Moment in Time Together.’ Similarly in ‘Journey II’ a tiny, delicately realised couple celebrate at the top of a long climb; again the finely balanced juxtoposition of scale and symbolic aspects perfectly express the sentiment of the work. Perhaps it is because Savage’s sculpture evokes memories or fragments of personal history that one can relate to it so strongly. Each piece is a visual reference point of a specific moment. It is this concept of memento, trophy or record that is so integral to her work, and can be seen in both the physical presentation and symbolic meaning. Savage uses an approach that ties ‘the formal elements of bronze to a contemporary world’ resulting in pieces which are timeless, yet refreshing and stimulating to live with.