Delicia Sampero

Delicia Sampero

Master of Cultural and Creative Practice

She is committed to an ongoing inquiry about the role of art, says Delicia Sampero who is a multidisciplinary painter and installation artist.

“I’m as interested in art making as in arts presentation and arts facilitation. I was drawn to the Master of Cultural and Creative Practice because I’m interested in how art can contribute to understanding or questioning modern life and modern day issues.

“I wanted to answer questions like: Where does my work fit in? Why do I make it? What should I change and how can it be most useful to others? I was hoping that this course of study would enable me to investigate these questions.”

Flexible and diverse
She can recommend the Master of Cultural and Creative Practice as a course that is very flexible and embraces a diverse range of interests, Delicia says.

“The programme is suitable as a base for inquiry into diverse work experiences and cultural affiliations. What I enjoyed the most about my studies were the lectures and the people I met, as well as the challenge of balancing research with trying to come up with original concepts or interesting combinations of ideas and ways of expression.

“My master’s research dissertation was the culmination of all my papers, combined with my concerns as a parent of a teenager. It consisted of a report of my artist residency at our local secondary school, which I developed into a methodology for a wider artists in schools programme.”

The Master of Cultural and Creative Practice is a good programme for working people and parents, she says.

“I appreciated being able to do most of my work online and attend lectures on campus twice a week. I found that AUT has support networks for all problems, whether they are learning-based, people-based or technology-based problems. There was help there when you needed it.”

Wayfinding in the digital age
She is excited about continuing her relationship with AUT as an alumna, Delicia says.

“My research has informed my new artwork, which you’ll be able to see in the windows of the WE building at the AUT City Campus. The exhibition is a way of working with my former lecturer, Warren Pringle, and engaging with the university environment as an artist, rather than a research student.”

Delicia’s work explores questions around wayfinding in the digital age.

“I’m working on a series of transformed traffic signs called ‘Signs’. The premise of the work is that technology is a particular way of understanding, experiencing and trying to cope with the challenges of the world. Art can offer ways to avoid being locked in technological frames and losing sight of spiritual, emotional and physical connections.

“Due to the material's reflectivity, the appearance of my work can change dramatically, depending on light conditions and the position of the viewer.”

Delicia’s work can be seen in the windows of WE building in September and October this year.