Greta Menzies is an artist & designer based Wellington, NZ.

Her multidisciplinary work reflects her interest in ideas of consciousness, belief and

meaning-making. Greta is drawn to the grotesque as an aesthetic category with it’s tropes of doubleness, hybridity and metamorphosis, and as a mode of existential exploration. This comes with a sense of irreverence and subversive, absurd elements, often playing with opposites: beauty/ugly, male/female, reality/fantasy. Figuration is significant in her work.


"I make work as a means to explore the strangeness and wonder of the embodied human experience. It is a visualisation and actualisation of existential thoughts through making."

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Interview: Design Assembly -  5 minutes with Greta Menzies

Profile: Te Papa Blog - The Work of Greta Menzies​​


2016        Master of  Design

2011        Bachelor of Design, Textile Design

Awards / Scholarships / Residencies

2019        EAT Emerging Artist Trust Grant for solo show

2017        ECC NZ Design/Craft Awards: Rembrandt Fashion and Textile Award 

2016        Open Source award: Open Source in the Arts category winner (for Make/Use project)

2016        BEST award: Bronze (for Make/Use project) 

2015        Objectspace Gallery Designer in Residence

2015        Massey Masterate Scholarship 

2014        Occupation: Artist Studio Residency

2012        Design Institute of Australasia (DIA) AGOTYA Award for Textile Design 2012

2011        Athfield Architects Award: Outstanding Achievement in Textile Design 2011

2011        Massey Scholar -Academic Excellence Scholarship

2011        Summer Scholarship: research assistant to Dr Jessica Payne 2011


2020        Ascention - Twofiftyseven group show

2020        Blue Banners - The See Here Gallery

2019        See it Like This - Toi Pōneke Gallery

2019        Alreadyinsideyou - The See Here Gallery

2018        NATUR - The See Here Gallery

2017        Alter(ed) Egos excerpts - Dirt Gallery

2017        Conversational Skins - Masters work, Massey University

2017        EPISODE - Collaboration with Russell Kleyn -  'Hyperreal' group show, Silo 6, Auckland

2015        Make/Use (group) - Objectspace Gallery

2014        YESYES - Occupation: Artist Studio Residency show

2014        Alter(ed) Egos - ShapeShifting, Transformative Paradigms in Fashion & Textile Design, AUT

2013        Self Portrait - LightBox, Thistle Hall

 © 2020 Greta Menzies

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