Acrylic on Canvas.
1460 x 960mm.
Exhibition - Past Meets Present
"My past. My present. Both involve the Coromandel.. I guess its in my blood.
Ever since Lance and I moved down to our land I have been thinking, or rather contemplating the lives of those before us, those that carved out a living from the lands and waters of the Coromandel.... many of whom still have family here now.
My personal history only goes back one generation... I was bathed in a bucket over xmas in 1963 and have been smitten ever since.
I’m thinking I want to traverse back in time with my imagery.... not copying old black and whites, but maybe like an unwritten recipe, I can combine ingredients... the ghosts of the past with local history and adding a large dollop of imagination to give it a refreshing modern twist." - Souzie Speerstra.
About the artwork
The Gumtown Hall like many other rural meeting places is still in use today, but is long past her heyday at the centre of a rural communities heart.
Behind her sits an ancient Pa... Once the safe haven for a sub tribe of the Ngati Hei. The shape of the rocky hill echoed in the shape of the Halls roof. The wandering Waiwawa river through the fertile flats. A Safe haven as the storm approaches and the wilderness beyond is dark and daunting.
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