We begin this year's programme with a selection of rarely seen work spanning sculpture, printmaking, writing, and ephemera, by two pioneering female voices from Aotearoa New Zealand, artist Maree Horner and writer J.C. Sturm.
This exhibition is specifically located within the realm of the domestic, the routines that make up our daily lives, and the many different roles we inhabit within it. In the past two years we’ve all experienced an acute sharpening of the complexity that is contained within the sphere of ‘home’: it is as much political as it is psychological, creative as it is practical, philosophical as it is emotional. Both Horner and Sturm take up the challenge that it is to harness the many elements that play a role in the processing of and making a life whole through practice. Honing in on the edges of much of this life, their work explores the rituals, forms, and languages we return to in order to craft our worlds and asks could this be otherwise?
This exhibition is presented in association with the Auckland Arts Festival.
Although Waikato born Maree Horner has ancestral roots back to Taranaki through both parental lines. Her early childhood was spent in the Waikato followed by formative years in Eastern Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. In 1974 she completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland and is known for her sculptural installation work from this period. She and her family settled in South Taranaki in the early 1980s where she still lives and works. Since the 1990s, whilst teaching full time, she has developed a cross-disciplinary approach to her practice, mainly combining print and paint into large scale mixed media graphic series.
J.C. Sturm, Te Kare Papuni (1927–2009) was a writer of Taranaki and Te Whakatōhea. She was one of the first Māori women to complete an undergraduate university degree, followed by a Masters degree. Spending much of her life working as a librarian in the New Zealand Room at Wellington City Public Library in order to support her whānau she maintained a writing practice throughout. She published four books of poetry and prose and her work has been included in numerous journals and anthologies. A collected works is forthcoming this year.