Star Gossage

Above Aramoana

Above Aramoana by Star Gossage

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Above Aramoana depicts a female figure with windswept and wild hair surrounded by rough waters. The expression of the woman is troubled and her hand is raised as if to cover her mouth. The hand is in fact holding a mask in front of the woman’s face providing even more emotional gravity to the painting. The location Aramoana is in Dunedin where the artist lived for a time.

The paint is rough in appearance because of the way she has mixed natural pigments with prepared paint and applied a push and pull technique to create an impasto surface. This work shows the artist experimenting also with dripping paint down the surface and with layers of paint and glazes.

Title
Above Aramoana
Artist/creator
Production date
2001
Medium
oil and natural pigments on plyboard
Dimensions
630 x 600 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2014
Accession no
2014/7
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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