|Auckland Museum Acquisitions from Artful Narratives|
I am so very delighted and honoured that the Auckland War Memorial Museum
has purchased a number of pieces from my exhibition Artful Narratives
to add to their special collections:
The Butter Book
Once a Grand & Noble Forest...
There Be Treasure (Rockpool)
Field Notes: Manawa, 1/3
...are all off to their new home soon! And oh what a home!
It's exciting to realise that this revered home of our national taonga is eager to add artists' voices to the artefacts held in their special collections, to enhance and enrich the stories of our natural and social history, particularly of the Auckland and Northland region.
I'm very grateful to Paula Legel, Associate Curator, for spying my blog post on the Auckland Research Centre's Heritage et Al blogsite, and leading the way for these works to be acquisitioned.
CLICK on the links in the titles below,
to go to earlier posts about each of these works.
Link to the full newspaper article that inspired this work:
and from the body of work "In Residence, In Residence"
created in response to the first lockdown in March 2020:
This unexpected body of work came about in response to the experience of the whole country, in fact most of the world, being in “Lockdown” during March – May 2020, due to the Covid pandemic.
Feeling unsettled and unnerved I directed my attention to look more closely at my immediate surroundings, my home of 27 years.Unable to focus my energies on the complexities of my usual printmaking processes, and in need of a more direct approach, I found myself photographing my house and garden in intimate detail, searching for the aspects that have tied my heart strings to this location for so long.
Considering concepts of being locked in, enclosed, and contained, I began creating folded and manipulated structures to express ideas that reflected this period of isolation and confinement. The angst of feeling hemmed in, restrained and restricted was tempered with gratitude for feeling safe, cocooned and protected.
From folding boxes made from views of the house, looking outwards and looking inwards, I progressed to exploring the entire garden considering the property boundaries as if a container in which I was boxed, peeking outwards and peering inwards through fences and gardens, (while being mildly mindful of what the neighbours might be thinking if they saw me skulking in the shrubbery!)
This “unprecedented” period of isolation provided the perfect opportunity for new ideas and ways of working to develop and evolve without the temptation of outside distractions and commitments.
In this piece I was very mindful of missing family and friends and of how it wasn't possible at the time to welcome people through my front gate as I normally would. Visitors would have to peer through the gateway to the house but not cross the boundary and conversations would have to be had from a distance.
This piece was developed towards the end of what felt like a long period of containment, within my own home and garden. I was exploring the outer limits of the boundary between us and the neighbours, imagining them on the other side of the fence, also contained. Who was peering at who, through the fences? As it turned out, this was just the first of many lockdowns and certainly not the longest for us in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland.
It seems incredible to think that one day I might visit the museum
to see my own work displayed within their collections!
|Auckland War Memorial Museum|
|Auckland War Memorial Museum|
Last pic reposted from @aucklandmuseum
|Inside the Auckland War Memorial Museum grand entrance|
As my exhibition draws to a close in the next couple of days,
be sure to pop back for some updates on other developments
and a wrap-up, summarising this experience of
holding my first ever solo exhibition.
Then, it will be full steam ahead, working towards new deadlines
and goals for the coming months and year ahead.
I hope you'll continue to join me!