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A group show of recent work by KIRSTIN CARLIN (image) and EMMA FITTS, alongside work by JOANNA MARGARET PAUL.
Kirstin Carlin presents new work that plays with scale by shrinking her garden and landscape imagery. "Some of the works started off as places I haven't visited (yet) and flowering trees spotted on walks." Inspiration comes from viewing and research of work by NZ women painters such as Joanna Margaret Paul and Frances Hodgkins, as well as her own garden where she has spent more time than she would like over the past year or so in lockdown.
Fitts presents work that was originally commissioned by Melanie Oliver for the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetū for their 2020 / 2021 exhibition “Touching Sight”. Fitts is interested in the histories of textiles, architecture and women artists, translating the form, composition and colour of twentieth-century paintings into bold sculptural works. These new works continue to draw from a variety of references across these fields, including a series of 1930s watercolours painted by New Zealand figurative painter A.Lois White, the Support/Surfaces art movement of the late 1960s and the backstrap loom.
Juxtaposed alongside these contemporary artists, is work by the late Joanna Margaret Paul (1945-2003) whose work is currently the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. With a multi-disciplinary practice spanning drawing, painting, poetry, photography and film, Joanna Margaret Paul was an important artist of her generation who continues to inspire and influence contemporary artists such as Carlin and Fitts.
Joanna Margaret Paul Courtesy of the Estate and with thanks to Visions.