Two traditions intertwined
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.