Yesterday I went to the Dowse in Lower Hut and found this very interesting exhibition of the work of five New Zealand women artists. All most all of the pieces were installations and/or site specific work, all of them involved textiles, thread or paper in some form.
I enjoyed this piece with its neon green and divisions of space. Every time I walked around it I saw a different image.
These two pieces above are by Pauline Rhodes. It is interesting to look at the different sense of scale conveyed by the two photographs of the standing piece.
These pieces by Mauteen Launder were woven and cast beautiful shadows on the walls and the floor.
Christine Hellyar's pieces were constructed from canvas and objects - feathers, driftwood, and fibre. They were called "Pacific Tool Aprons".
This was another beautiful piece constructed of standing pillars and again had beautiful shadows and a solid sense of space. I think it was constructed from heavy tracing paper, wax and assorted ephemera.
This piece from The Estate of L. Budd was, for me, the most confronting and disturbing.
Thinking today I think it was the most interesting installation. I could walk in among it, it did not seem to be precious or beautiful and it was compelling.
I remember now about the art "group" called "et al", all women, secret and very confronting for the art establishment and others at the time. They were responsible for a New Zealand entry in the Venice Bienniale that portrayed a donkey inside an outside toilet. It created much discussion about what was art and what wasn't and money.
The works in this exhibition are all from the 1080's and reflect the time. They are about change and challenged the popular beliefs about art and society in the 1980's. I can recommend a visit if you can get to Lower Hutt before 28 October.
"I paint flowers so they do not die." Frida Kahlo