Canvas

Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland NZ — 2007

'Off the Wall', a fundraising event and final show at the old Auckland Art Gallery prior to its rebuilding, provided the context to make Canvas, a 12 sq m disposable nappy weave. Through media, form and situation, the work explores the notion of 'support' – for the gallery and by the gallery. Literally a support for painting, Canvas stretches over and around a freestanding wall, inviting action, simultaneously soft and taut. The open nature of the work is embodied also in the untouched baby diapers and the verb: to canvas – to sample, enquire and explore; raising the potential for expansion in outlook and purpose of a public gallery beyond its temporary closure.