A box full of creativity
Paremata artist Anneke Borren describes her latest creation as ‘‘ Jonah and the Whale meets The Whale Rider in the South Pacific’’.
The Whale (wail) Box, lined with handpainted ceramic tiles and displaying carefully crafted paper clay sculptures, will feature as part of the Box Art Show which opens at Pataka Museum and Gallery this Friday.
Inspired by the two marine legends, Borren says she wanted to highlight the link between people and the sea.
‘‘The source of humanity’s myths and legends is the same all over the world.
‘‘Because of man’s need for ownership, local versions are different in small detail, but the 1000-year-old stories remain the same in essence.
‘‘I’ve put Jonah and the Whale and The Whale Rider on pedestals, because we do often put legends on pedestals. Above the deep blue depth of the ocean, a bird [painted on a ceramic tile] flies as a sign of hope.’’
The box is the first piece of art from Borren, originally a potter, since surgery on her neck in February, which almost prevented her from pursuing her passion.
‘‘I’m recovering well, but this, I loved making this piece of art. It was slow, but it’s here.’’
Fifty artists have contributed to the Box Art Show. Their pieces will be sold in a silent auction until the exhibition ends on November 21. Any remaining artworks will be sold in a live auction by Kim Hill. Funds raised will go towards a Friends of Pataka artist-in-residence programme at the museum/gallery.
Box of legends: Paremata artist Anneke Borren with The Whale (wail) Box, created for the Box Art Show at Pataka Museum and Gallery.