Zena Elliott

Current

Current by Zena Elliott

Artwork Detail

Ko tā ngā peita ūngeri, muramura, harikoa a Zena Elliot he whakaū tikanga hou ki ngā rārangi whakairo hei hanga i te reo ataata kapakapa, āhuahanga, e rite ana ki ngā peita tūrehurehu a Bridget Riley rāua ko Frank Stella. I roto i a Current me Flow, o te tau 2017, kōriporipo ai ngā tauira pākati, i ngā tauira haehae kenekene, e ara mai ai i te pūtahitanga kei roto tonu i te porotaka a te mata pikitia; he whakaatu i ngā huringa mutunga kore o te tipuranga, o te taimate, o te tipu anō i ngā kaupeka tau, i ngā marama, i ngā tau. Ko tā Current me Flow he whakauru i ngā āhuatanga e hāngai ai ki te mahi toi o ngā wā o mua me ērā o nāianei, hei pānga ki te ruingahaetanga o ngā whakaaro, me ngā huarahi huahua ki te whakamahi i te mātauranga Māori i ēnei rā.

Rhythmic, vibrant, and exuberant, Zena Elliot’s paintings reinterpret the lines of whakairo (carving), creating a pulsating geometric visual language inspired by the mid-20th-century abstract paintings of Bridget Riley and Frank Stella. In Current and Flow, both 2017, the highly saturated pātaki and haehae patterns swirl lyrically around and germinate from a central point within the circular picture plane, conveying the rhythmic, endless life cycles of growth, decay and regeneration across seasons, months and years. Interweaving references to customary and modern art, Current and Flow refer to the cross-pollination of ideas and ways of articulating mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) in contemporary society.

Title
Current
Artist/creator
Production date
2017
Medium
acrylic on board
Dimensions
800 mm
Credit line
Private collection, Rāhui Pōkeka
Accession no
X2020/45
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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