Rose and friends put their faith in karma
Trusting the laws of karma will bring unknown surprises for Mt Eden artist Rose Rowan and her creative colleagues.
She is hosting a Koha Exhibition on Friday, where her works and those of seven other artists and one writer will be exchanged for koha – the Maori word for a gift or donation.
Ms Rowan says it opens up the possibility of things other than money being exchanged for the work – perhaps a cooked meal or a service.
“The idea came from the nature of inspiration and creativity – it just comes to us, we can’t command it.
“That is a gift like koha and I was thinking of how we could share that.”
She is unsure what kind of things will be offered. “I’m open to whatever it brings. I’m trusting the laws of karma. There is a risk.”
The 23-year-old says the other artists were surprised when she suggested the idea – some liked it while others were more cautious.
“They believe in getting the work out there but don’t want to be ripped off.”
She encourages her colleagues to use items they have hoarded over time, so it will be a form of recycling.
Ms Rowan says the exchange means if a person genuinely likes one of the works, they won’t need hundreds of dollars to buy it.
“It is for people who just enjoy art.”
She says the exhibition is appropriate in a time when society tends to “freak out” about money.
She wants to show that art can enrich lives and brighten someone’s day.
A double bass player will provide entertainment while the public can leave koha suggestions or comments on paper near each artwork.
Writer Michael Trevelyan is also taking part in the event and says it is a really good idea.
“Creativity comes from so many different places.”
Poems and short stories are his talent and this will be his first exhibition.
Ms Rowan spent four years studying visual art at Auckland University and recently performed in the Auckland Fringe Festival.
She is inspired by American artist Miranda July who also works in film, and British artist David Shrigley who associates words with images.
Ms Rowan and artists Sarah Jayne Woodward, Claire Cowan, Tammy Weyer, Sara Stones, Polly Walker, Monique Jekel, Jennie Robertson and Mr Trevelyan will take part in the exhibition.
The Koha Exhibition will be held at Cross St Studios, Newton, near Upper Queen St, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm on Friday.
Willing to exchange: Artist Rose Rowan with an untitled work for her koha exhibition.