Dollface exhibition, at Kina gallery, New Plymouth, 18 Jan – 13 Feb 2013
Mother – Marita Green
exhibition: 27 Oct 2012 – 11 Feb 2013, Waikato Museum, Hamilton.
Mixed-media assemblages by Marita Green (1971), Ceramic, retro cake tins 2012
Marita Green’s work asks us to ponder the idea of mother as receptacle and protection but also looks at the reality of birth as an actual physical end as the infant grapples with introduction to the world outside the womb.
She uses memory and infancy as major signifiers in her work. The biscuit tin and her ceramic baby dolls are the signifiers that work together and in this odd relationship, the tin takes on a very catholic tabernacle kind of role, like a womb: it is considered a sacred and honoured space which can produce life. With life come exposure and vulnerability when no longer contained within the body of the mother.
(text courtesy Waikato Museum)
The Art of Assemblage is a unique group show that highlights the significant artform of assemblage and how artists bring together real world mash-ups of reclaimed materials and found objects into 3D artworks. The aim of this show is to promote public awareness of the quailty and dexterity of recycled/assemblage art while raising the question of the current obsessive consuming habits of our society.
Several award-winning artists join this show including Lauren Lysaght, Donna Sarten, Aaron McConchie, Andrew Hall, Martin Horspool, Luke Mills, Dale Copeland, Marita Green, Duncan Lesk and Bernie Hafleet. We are delighted to include select works from the iconic Peter Sauerbier and the late Chis Meder.
Thanks to the Erupt Lake Taupo Festival who have brought this exhibition to Taupo www.eruptfestival.co.nz
Join us for the official opening: Friday 11 May at 5pm
New Mother’s Hope for The Art of Assemblage
ERUPT Festival, Taupo Museum 10 May – 12 June
57cm x 81cm x 8.5cm. Wall mounted.
- Assembled materials:
Electrical wiring (copper and plastic-coated);
Cake tins (13);
Metal buttons (4);
Romney wool sliver
Curated by Amanda Wright.
To see each individual doll click on the
Dolls at ROAR! button at the top of the page.
All works sold;
We opened on Thursday night in the Wellington rain, but the devoted still came out. Thanks to Caryl McKirdy at ROAR for a humming evening; not without Connah and Fraser’s help. Also to the fine and generous artists of Pablos for being wonderful hosts keeping everyone refreshed. I had the chance to meet new people and re-connect with friends. I was honoured to meet artist and academic Stuart Shepherd – a champion of Outsider (or Contemporary Folk) art in NZ. A special thanks also to Louise Upston (MP Taupo) for making the time to come down the hill. It was a wonderful and memorable night, and I know it sparked a whole new set of future directions and connections.
Here is the postcard invitation to my first exhibition, opening next week in Wellington:
Thurs 5 May 5:30 – 7:00pm, 189-193 Vivian St
Be great to see you there, and have a chat over a glass of wine (or other). And this is the press release that went out on Monday (I have left in the spelling mistake in my name):
Merita Green is a self-taught artist living in Taupo. She works intuitively with local raw materials and found objects to explore her re-experience of childhood from the perspective of motherhood.
Her ceramic dolls are each housed in tin and wood shrines reminiscent of the religious folk art commonly associated with Central and South America.
Merita is influenced largely by her rediscovery of Catholicism and a desire to communicate the relevance and significance of spirituality in her life as a mother.
“As adults, parents, communities we clothe children in layers of our own hope, fear and judgement.”
Join us at ROAR!gallery near the corner of Vivian and Victoria Streets for the opening on Thursday 5 May 5.30 – 7pm to meet the artist/s and share a glass of wine. All welcome.