Earlier; Brick/Fence/Cave /Coast

Korero 2012 – A collaborative exhibition – a fusion between visual art and poetry.  Twenty artists from various disciplines, selected from 20 carefully chosen poems on the theme of conversation, to use as inspiration for their artwork.  My entry was a painted response to a poem by Bernard Gadd about the atrocities of Parihaka.

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“Muruhia”, Mixed media on Picket Fencing

Turua Street, 2011

After being part of a 6-week community occupation and protest at Turua Street, St Heliers, 3 unique seaside Art Deco homes that were listed by the Heritage Trust,  were demolished.  Compelled by this sad destruction of history,  I made a series of works using bricks salvaged from the demolition, to help bring attention to the plight of our architectural heritage.

The Architecture of Happiness, How Diversity Works Exhibition, 2011

An installation of Turua Street demolition bricks haphazardly piled on the floor to resemble a pile of rubble.  The work addresses the destruction of our diverse architecture to make way for homogenised urban development.

Viewers were encouraged to pick up the bricks to look at the paintings on them, and feel their history, rather than them being displayed on the wall  – an activity that would encourage a more intimate engagement with the work.  The paintings were all little drawings that responded to the Art Deco period, the experience of occupying a site, and the uniqueness of these three homes.  The Bricks were sold separately, thus symbolically demolishing a work of art, so the work is no longer complete.

An initiative of the Diversityworks Trust, the exhibition featured artists whose work explores diversity as a complex concept encompassing social, cultural and political factors including culture, race and disability.

For more information visit:

http://diversityworks.co.nz/news/auckland-embraces-new-ideas-about-diversity/

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Egg Tempera on Bricks, brick size varies – approx. 110x110mm

Brickstack Claybird‘ Ink Jet print on photographic paper. Finalist Estuary Art Awards, Malcolm Smith Gallery, 2012

An assemblage work that is a response to the huge pollution issue in the Tamaki Estuary due to intensive housing infrastructure, and the damage to water quality due to building waste, sediment from dust and pollution, as well as over-flowing storm-water drainage into the estuary.

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‘Brickstack’, Ink Jet print on photographic paper

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‘Brickstack’, Ink Jet print on photographic paper

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‘Brickstack’, 2 x, Ink Jet print on photographic paper

Coast and Cave, 2009/10, 

A fear of caves lead me to a therapeutic exercise of painting them.   I have since discovered that some of my maori ancestors had been buried alive in caves on Kapiti Island during the New Zealand wars.

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“My cave” series, Oil paint on Rabbit Skin gesso on board, each work 500x500mm

Two Migration Paintings

Paintings that speak to the migration of the Maori and their discovery of New Zealand.

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“The Before-land”, 1620x300mm, Oil paint on Rabbit Skin Gesso on demolition Rimu
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“Arrival”, 1620x300mm, Oil paint on Rabbit Skin Gesso on demolition Rimu

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