• Alice Alva
  • Ekaterina Dimieva
  • Lynette Fisher
  • Wesley John Fourie
  • Claudia Kogachi
  • Tia Ranginui

the flower gives its fragrance even to the hand which crushes it

For our final exhibition in the Carnegie Centre, we present a group exhibition by artists from across Aotearoa, centered around the motif of the flower. To mark the end of Summer, with this exhibition we reflect on the passing of seasons, the beauty of the environment, and the changes of our natural world. This exhibition spans a diverse range of media, from painting, drawing, photography, 3D printing, and metal work by a group of artists in the New Lands Art Trust Collection.

In this exhibition, we bear witness to the poignant lament of Te Taiao (the natural world) as it grapples with the devastating consequences of human-induced environmental degradation. The exhibition takes its title from a paraphrased quote from Imam Ali, in relation to describing forgiveness. We see this quote as the jumping off point for an exploration into what the flower has come to represent.

A wise Sufi was asked what forgiveness is.

He said, "it is the fragrance that flowers give when they are crushed."

Alice Alva is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Kirikiriroa - Hamilton, New Zealand. She has a keen interest in craft-based practices and the emotional connections that we develop with textile objects, particularly in relation to memory, love, and loss. Her work spans across various mediums, including embroidery, painting, illustration, and graphic design. Alice has completed a degree in Media Arts from the Waikato Institute of Technology, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Communication Design with Distinction from Massey University. Her work is found in private and public collections across New Zealand and Australia, including the Waikato Museum and Wallace Arts Trust.

Ekaterina Dimieva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and moved to New Zealand in 2001. The role of pattern in Ekaterina’s work is related to the investigation of concepts such as order, discord, identity, connectivity. Pattern here is used to build up or disrupt the rhythmicality of a painting. Ekaterina lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand. She has recently completed a Master’s of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts.

Wesley John Fourie ( b.1995 Amanzimtoti, South Africa) is a multi award winning artist and curator based in Aotearoa New Zealand. Their work processes experiences of love, loss, and queer sexuality, in relation to the natural environment. Wesley’s multi-faceted art practice extends across textiles, sculpture, installation, drawing, poetry, painting, and video. Wesley is interested in that which is poetic, confessional, and tactile - often working within these frameworks to create work that challenges notions of truth, desire, and sexuality. Their “soft sculpture” installations are 1/1 scale models of mountains, or 1/100 scale models of rivers, rendered in finger knitting. Their embroidered works are deeply personal expressions of their lived experience as a queer person, exploring facets of the human condition through the use of poetry. Wesley’s work has been presented in public institutions and artist-run spaces across Aotearoa New Zealand, Asia, and Europe.

​Lynette Fisher’s art practice encompasses painting, printmaking, drawing and assemblage, which she regularly exhibits in solo and group shows throughout New Zealand. Her work investigates themes of adoption, guardianship and ownership - appropriating existing imagery and re-placing it in awkward and re-imagined worlds. While an underlying sense of nostalgia usually permeates her work, it is disrupted by tensions around how the past and the present traverse space, time and identity. Lynette graduated from Toi Ohomai in 2017 with a Bachelor of Creative Industries, and since 2022 has been the coordinator of the Molly Morpeth Canaday Award. Her work is held in public and private collections. Lynette was born in Auckland and lives and works in Te Puna, Tauranga.

Claudia Kogachi was born in Awaji-shima, Japan, in 1995. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. In 2019, she won the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award. Recent exhibitions include: Hot Girls with IBS, 2021, Hot Lunch, Ōtautahi Christchurch There’s No I In Team, 2021, The Dowse, Te Awakairangi Lower Hutt; New Artists Show 2020, Artspace Aotearoa, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland; Obaachan during the lockdown, Wahiawā, Hawaiʻi, Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland; Uncle Gagi, play_station, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington; and Everyone Has a Horse Phase, Sanderson Contemporary, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland (all 2020).

Tia Ranginui (Ngāti Hine Oneone) is a Whanganui based photographer whose poetic and political work situates local mythologies and histories (both personal and shared) at its centre. Taking her turangawaewae (home base) as her primary inspiration, Ranginui shares her intimate knowledge of the Whanganui awa and the surrounding whenua via a uniquely familiar lens. Ranginui’s works are held in multiple public collections including: Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, St Peter’s School Cambridge, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, The Dowse Art Museum, Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato and the Arts House Trust.

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