"I often think of my art practice as the process of making 'adaptable support structures'. These support structures may be object based such as stacks of cardboard propping up bulging rubbish bags, or they can be social such as an exchange of ideas and skills."

Not seeing the logic of introducing new materials to her works, Eve prefers to bring objects and ideas back into circulation. Her works are often formed through the research, collection and reconstruction of waste. In Arrangements, Eve collects objects and takes images of material refuse, organising them into sculptural stacks, piles, collages and assemblages within layered packaging tape landscapes. Another project The Trading Table, involves Eve setting up a table at various locations and facilitating the exchange of objects, skills, ideas and information with passers-by. These projects are typical of Eve's art practice and her interest in investigating systems of exchange, waste and recycling to reveal differing attitudes towards material use and value.

Eve worked as Assistant Editor on the teen and children's pages for the Evening Post, Wellington, then studied textiles in Nelson. Eve went on to graduate from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University, majoring in Sculpture.

Her first major solo exhibition ROAM took place at Artspace, Auckland, in November 2005.  She then participated in SCAPE 2006 Biennial of Art in Public Space, Christchurch, the Busan Biennale, South Korea, in the same year and the Turbulence: 3rd Auckland Triennial 2007.

Eve was one of the five inaugural recipients of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award

In 2008 Eve was selected for an Asia New Zealand Foundation artist residency in Hong Kong participating in a month long series of workshops with three other international artists and four local counterparts. Her work also featured in Construction at 1301PE, Los Angeles and in the Tarrawarra Biennial 2008, Australia.

In March 2009, Eve Armstrong took up the McCahon House Artist Residency, living and working alongside the old McCahon House in French Bay, Titirangi, Auckland. Eve was one of three recipients in the 2009 artist-in-residence programme.  She followed this with some overseas travel.

In 2010 Eve participated in The Woods that See and Hear exhibition at Dertien Hectare in the Netherlands. 

She is working on a new project Taking Stock for November 2010, as part of Letting Space - a public art programme in Wellington that seeks to transform the relationship between artists, property developers and their city. It commissions temporary art works from leading New Zealand contemporary artists for commercial CBD spaces.

Words

2010
Eve Armstrong’s installation 'After' at the Physics Room, Christchurch - reviewed by Andrew Paul Wood
2010
Natural Selection is an Australasian art reviews magazine - it is an online magazine distributed as a PDF that people can print out and assemble as a craft project. Eve Armstrong features in the Winter 2010 edition.
2007
Jon Bywater writes on Eve Armstrong's exhibition 'Dressed & Shaken' at Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland - for Artforum

News

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Galleries

2010
Turn
The Woods that See and Hear, Dertien Hectare,
The Netherlands.
30 May - 11 July 2010
2010
After
The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand.
21 April - 23 May 2010
2009
McCahon House, Titirangi, Auckland, New Zealand.
30 May - 5 June 2009. Eve completed her McCahon House residency with the exhibition 'Outlet' in the residency studio.
2008
'Transplant'
Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong.
April 2008
2007
'Dressed & Shaken'
Michael Lett, Auckland, New Zealand.
7 September - 6 October 2007
2007
Trading Table, various sites throughout central Auckland (2007)
2006
Busan Biennale, Busan, Republic of Korea.
16 September – 25 November 2006
2006
ROAM
Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand.
26 November 2005 - 28 January 2006
1978 
       Born Upper Hutt, New Zealand
2003
    Graduated Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, majoring in Sculpture
2005
    First major solo exhibition Roam, Artspace, Auckland;Artist in Residence, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington
2006
   Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award;SCAPE Biennial of Art in Public Space, Christchurch;Busan Biennale, South Korea
2007
   Turbulence: 3rd Auckland Triennial
2008
    Asia New Zealand Foundation artist residency in Hong Kong;Construction at 1301PE, Los Angeles;Tarrawarra Biennial, Australia
2009 
  McCahon House Artist Residency
2010
    The Woods that See and Hear exhibition at Dertien Hectare in the Netherlands;After, The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand;Taking Stock, Letting Space, Welliington, New Zealand;Everything is near and inflorescent, forever and present, Michael Lett, Auckland, New Zealand 
2011
Ruby: A Forty Year Love Affair with The Dowse, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand;Making Arrangements: Eve Armstrong and Gretchen Albrecht, Michael Lett, Auckland, New Zealand;Prospect: New Zealand Art Now, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand