title Sea theme unites cultures
publication The Nelson Mail
description article
date 10:11:2004

Established and emerging artists have caught the essence if the Pacific in Catchment Gallery's latest exhibition.

Gallery Owner Wallace Sutherland says The Pacific Ocean: Te Moananui A Kiwa underlines Nelson's identity as a Pacific Rim port."Artists from as far away in the South Pacific as Samoa and Tonga, and as nearby as Nga Kawau and Nelson have responded to the theme and expressed their shared experience of life on these shores and these islands."There is a terrific energy to the exhibition, Sutherland says.

Nelson sculptor Grant Scott continues his exploration of his Pacific Island heritage, alongside respected Pacific Island artists Fatu Feu'u and Dagmar Vaikalafi Dyck. "You can't say much more about Fatu than that he's pretty much the father of Pacific Island art."

While indigenous cultures area particularly significant part of Pacific Island art, it is about more than that, Sutherland says. "I think it embraces anyone who's living on the shores of the islands of the Pacific Ocean."

Nelson's Christine Boswijk, John Crawford and Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology graduates Anna Leary and Jane Blackmore are all showing in the exhibition.

Sutherland describes Boswijk's ceramic works as seeming to literally contain small oceans, "with surging rims and ocean sediments".

While Leary's works leaps off the walls, Blackmore's paintings offer an atmospheric interpretation of the ocean, he says, "They just about suggest sound."