Francis Upritchard in Viva Arte Viva curated section

After representing New Zealand in 2009, Upritchard is back in the 57th Venice Biennale, having been invited by curator Christine Macel to take part in the curated exhibition.

We spoke with Upritchard this week, after she participated in a Tavola Aperta, a special feature of this Biennale in which artists meet visitors over lunch to engage in discussion about their practice.

Upritchard's installation consists of seven new figures made in the last six months, drawn from both human and marine life. Continuing to work with balata rubber, Upritchard has included two works cast in bronze contrasting with the colourful figures that are so characteristic of her practice.

The artist talked to us about the differences between exhibiting in the context of a national pavilion and the international group show, the process of being selected this year, and about what's coming up next for her.

Our full interview with Francis Upritchard will be published in coming weeks.

All images: Contemporary HUM