Work questions colonial impact
An Eltham born artist’s work is currently on display at Fenton Street Art Collective.
Diane Stoppard’s exhibition Taranaki — Warp and Weft questions the colonial impact on the Taranaki landscape in which she was born and raised.
When the European settlers arrived the men built roads and fences to ‘tame’ the land. The women folk made ‘good’, repurposing flour sacks with lace edging.
Using the warp and weft of antique linen and lace, the threads of our landscape and history are examined.
Born in Eltham, Taranaki, Diane Stoppard has had a long photographic career, starting at age 14 working at Connell Studios in Eltham, Taranaki. Spending three years working in New Plymouth at Charters & Guthrie (John Crawford & Assoc) in the late 80s, Diane went on to work in New York and London, finally settling in Whanga¯ rei, Northland, where she has established a career as a commercial photographer, using the Pinhole Camera and Camera Obscura.
The exhibition runs through to early January.
One of Diane’s pieces currently on display at the Fenton Street Art Collective.