Seventeen paintings take up quite a bit of space, I must tell you!! I am living in Trip-Hazard-ville. I am anticipating a small crisis of loss at their departure, but we will be reunited on Dunedin 6 October at the gallery, all hung on the walls and telling their stories.
Di and I titled this exhibition VISIT. It happened organically because we always refer to our trips to Dunedin and Otago as "visiting". So, what better title than Visit?
Both of us harbour a whimsical desire to live in Dunedin. It really is a special city and is very close to my heart.
I think the works in the exhibition bear testament to how I feel about the whole Otago and Southland area. I like the place in a way that I can't fully express with words. I like the extreme conditions, the rock, the dry, the harsh vistas that are supplemented with waters of the most insane colour. Its hard and cold and hot and prickly and nothing says "It will be easy here".....and I love it.I respond to that.
There is something in this unfamiliar landscape that I recognise and I try to portray that in my work...along with all the intense emotions that they seem to elicit from me.
So here is your ticket to the exhibition. We would love to share this trip with you.
Di and I will be in the gallery for the entire of saturday . We can talk about the works, the process, the inspiration, our collaboration....natter natter. The visitors are visiting.