Navigation Lines by Fiona van Oyen
11 April - 12 May 2019 - Library
The power of pattern and memory – in the hands of printmaker Fiona Van Oyen and painter John Pule – carries forensic weight.
The detailed repetitions of floral and natural pattern inform the current work of both artists – referencing both the physical and the psychological in that which surrounds us.
Fiona van Oyen
Christchurch-based Fiona Van Oyen completed a Master of Fine Arts degree, conferred with distinction, from the Dunedin School of Art in 2017.
While her imagery is drawn from Christchurch landscapes, the breaking down of elements and the mapping of these at scale, transforms the reading of these works from a physical place to a psychological exploration of our perception of self in the context of place.
Born in the village of Liki, Niue, John Pule moved to New Zealand with his family in 1964, at the age of two. An accomplished painter, printmaker, poet and writer, Pule is arguably one of the Pacific’s most celebrated artists and has been at the forefront of New Zealand contemporary art since he began painting in the early 1990s.
His use of the form and colour range of hiapo (Niuean tapa cloth), is registered in his paintings, his work is highly inventive, particularly in its adaptation of traditional Pacific art forms. Hiapo is cloth beaten out of paper mulberry bark, which is then felted into rectangular sheet and painted onto freehand, following a loose grid-like system. Traditionally, the imagery on hiapo depicts narratives of the journeys of Niuean people, Pule develops this idea to contemporary times by expressing his personal experiences as a Niuean living in New Zealand. He substitutes the bark cloth for the contemporary canvas, although often keeping it unstretched. He also adapts its layout, forms and warm palette of ochres and earthy reds.
Dates: Wednesdays to Sundays, Friday 11 April to Sunday 12 May 2019
Times: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Venue: The Central Art Gallery, Library building, the Arts Centre te Matatiki Toi Ora, 2 Worcester Boulevard.