French oils on fake grass (robotic painting)
1.8H x 2.2W

Series: The Allegory

Made using New Zealand's first robotic paint machine in a tightly controlled and slow process, FAke combines digital and mechanical means to apply fine French oils across a layered surface of fake plastic grass. A landscape presented within a landscape, the cornered grass artwork stands on confiscated Māori land. The manifested image and title is a split text: the 'F', a reference to the Northern Hemisphere temperature Fahrenheit, and the Māori 'Ake' - a battle cry, and reference to time. In this setting, FAke not only intrudes into 'real painting' with its northern roots, it places 'painting' outside in a space where deeper reckonings are yet to unfold.