A box full of cre­ativ­ity

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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.

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