National Regionalism

2009

rye grass, couch grass, canvas, pine
205H x 810W x 50mmD (variable)

Series: Grass Work

Two strains of grass seed – one common in the North Island and the other from the South Island, are stitched and hung side by side; a nationalist work of regional parts. With references to the two major cultural groups: Maori and Pakeha, to the colonising pastoral roots of New Zealand, and to ongoing regionalism in art, the green pastures of the North contrast with the dry lands to the South. Installed North-South across the Gallery wall, and encased in white canvas, the elongated form makes an abstract Aotearoa (land of the long white cloud).