Two tra­di­tions in­ter­twined

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

An ex­hi­bi­tion of new works at Pataka sits on the bound­aries of Celtic and Pa­cific Is­land/Maori art tra­di­tions.

It is a fu­sion of cul­tures – the art of the im­mi­grant, says its cre­ator, Welling­ton artist Morag Stokes.

Orig­i­nally from Scot­land, Stokes has lived in New Zealand for the past 10 years. She has brought to this show the knot tra­di­tions of her Celtic her­itage to­gether with the mo­tifs of Aotearoa and the Pa­cific Is­lands.

The tiki im­age can be dis­cerned from knot work in a se­ries of paint­ings which play with the ten­sions be­tween im­agery and am­bi­gu­ity, a con­cern of the preChris­tian Celts. There are tapain­spired pan­els in which hints of plaid sit along­side wo­ven and knot­ted skins of paint. The fourpetalled flower and its Celtic par­al­lel are mar­ried in wo­ven paint. Stokes says her dis­tinc­tive ‘‘drag’’ paint­ing process de­fines these works, with some be­ing painted di­rectly on to can­vas and oth­ers be­ing formed from paint bands cre­ated on glass.

There will be a clos­ing cel­e­bra­tion and artist talk in the Blue Pa­cific Gallery at 1pm, Fe­bru­ary 20. All are wel­come.

Cul­tures col­lide: One of Morag Stokes’ ‘‘not tiki’’, on dis­play at Pataka.

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