Te Waituhi ā Nuku: Drawing Ecologies
Planning for Climate Change Impacts on Māori Coastal Ecosystems and Economies. Image: M. O’Toole, Tukorehe (Te Hakari Wetland, Kuku), White pastel on Black primer on board. 2020, Merit Award-Parkin Drawing Prize 2020

Judges Comment: This is a lyrical drawing with a wonderful sense of erasure and emergence, impermanence and ephemerality. Nearly obliterated at the centre it gives a powerful sense of chaos and change, and of information and knowledge fleeting and not always understood. Charlotte Davy, Head of Art, Te Papa

PhD, Toi Rauwharangi, Massey University, Engine Room Gallery

Drawn Chorus : The creation of embodied drawing processes responsive to the detrimental impact of human-produced sound on humpback whales.

2016 – 2020

Image: M. O’Toole, How loud is too loud? No 5

Consonance Research: Upstream Art Trail, Central Park, Brooklyn, Wellington. 2016/17.

Park visitors were asked questions around predator free legislation. From their answers a sound work was created and exhibited in the park. Two drawn scores were entered into the Parkin Drawing Prize and were selected as finalists.

Image: M. OToole, Slowbirds 1, Mixed Media, 2017, Finalist-Parkin Drawing Prize 2017.

DRAWinternational, Caylus France, 2015

Three Month Art Residency

Image: M OToole, Graphite and Charcoal on paper, Research – Embodied Sensory Response, 2015

NZ Portrait Gallery, 2015

Artist in Residence – Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, New Zealand, 2015

Image: M OToole, Charcoal on fabriano paper, Research – Embodied Sensory Response, 2015

Toi Poneke Gallery, Wellington, 2015

In Response Exhibition; a collaboration with Connah Podmore.

Image: M. OToole, The Beauty of Imperfection Series, Charcoal and graphite on fabriano paper, 2014/15

The Engine Room, Massey University, 2013

In-between : drawing breath Master of Fine Arts at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. 2014

MFA Distinction

Image: M OToole, Ocean, 2013, Acrylic and Graphite on fabriano paper,

Freelance Illustration 2012 – 2001

Bachelor of Design (Honours), Illustration, Massey University, NZ, 2001

Image: M. OToole, Conte, 2012

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