2011 Prints Set Subject, 'Aged'

2011 Prints Set Subject, 'Aged': Gold Medal
Beverley Short

Ars Longa Vita Brevis (Art Is Long, Life Short.)

Ars Longa Vita Brevis (Art Is Long, Life Short.) by Beverley Short"This portrait of the New Zealand artist, Mary McIntyre was taken for my All Woman Project, a celebration of the 21st century NZ woman. Mary was in her late forties when she became a full time artist spurred to paint and create by the Latin quote 'Ars longa, vita brevis' (Art is long, life short.) Over the years Mary's art has explored her own ageing and her feelings towards it. I met Mary for just a few hours one afternoon. I felt all of the above was important to portray about her so I chose to illustrate it by having her hold the portrait of herself when she was younger, asking her to intentionally do the opposite with her face to that of the portrait to convey her antipathy towards being old. "