Virginia King, Auckland, New Zeland

Antarctic Heart by Virginia King, 2000, 29" x 26" LED print (Kodak process)

Artist Statement:

By magnifying the scale of micro-organisms, I attempt to draw attention to their vulnerability, beauty and fragility. These Antarctic Diatoms are at the beginning of the food chain.
The Electron Microscope photographs that informed my sculpture were provided by microbiologist Ken Ryan who is currently researching the effects of UV light on diatoms in the sea ice of Antarctica and the saline lakes of the Dry Valleys.
This image, which collages Electron Microscope images with photographs of my sculpture in ultra violet light, is part of my current exhibition ╬Antarctic HeartÔ, an installation of 21 sculptures and video.
The work was created with an Artists to Antarctica Fellowship Grant, supported by Antarctica New Zealand and Creative New Zealand.

Virginia King


  • 2001 Solo exhibition, sculpture and video installation, ╬Antarctic HeartÔ begins nationwide tour of public galleries, New Zealand. Public commission, Massey University, Albany Campus, Auckland
  • 2000 Major public commission, Botany Town Centre, East Tamaki, Manukau City
  • 1999/2000 Awarded the Artist to Antarctica Fellowship and travelled to the Dry Valleys, supported by Antarctica New Zealand and Creative New Zealand.
  • 1999 ╬Tideline, a ten year survey exhibitionÔ, curated by Whangarei Art Museum, Whangarei Invited Artist, ╬Volumn and Form Singapore ╬99Ô, Pacific Rim sculpture exhibition, Singapore.
  • 1998 Jane Campion Memorial Award for Site Specific sculpture, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Australia Solo Exhibition, ╬ColonyÔ, Artis Gallery, Auckland
  • 1998 Commissioned Artist, Opening Exhibition, Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre, Noumea, New Caledonia
  • 1997 Commissioned to design the award winning Rewarewa Creek Footbridge, New Lynn, Waitakere City (with City Design Architects). Produced and directed sculpture video, ╬Styx (Sticks)Ô
  • 1996 Solo Exhibition, ╬PassageÔ, sculpture and video, Artis Gallery, Auckland, with assistance from Creative New Zealand
  • 1995 Selected Artist, Eco Art Symposium, Corbans Estate, Waitakere City