Thinking about art
New Zealand sculptor, London-based Francis Upritchard says she wants to be an old lady making art and that art collectors should buy art for its meaning rather than its market value. Upritchard, 32, who will be representing New Zealand at the Venice Biennale next June, appreciates serious collectors who live with their art. Of collectors who keep their art in storage, she argues: “I’m sure it’s good to get the work out of the sun, but art needs to be used. It needs a thinking gaze. That is what makes it art, rather than just stuff.” Of collectors who acquire work as status symbols, she says: “I think they are wasting their money, because that is not what art is for. It’s a misinterpretation of its intent.” Upritchard won the $50,000 Walter’s Prize in 2006.