title Leary's investigation timely
publication Nelson Mail
description Article by Peter Gibbs
date 18:10:2006

"Nelson artist Anna Leary investigates connections between colour and the passage of time in her exhibition at Woollaston Estates winery."

The six works on show investigate periods from a minute to a month. For the first, a gestural series of brush strokes is completed in 60 seconds. The other works use moulded pod-shaped forms arranged in geometric forms reminiscent of Pacific flower patterns.

As an example, 24 Hours uses that number of pods, each painted on the hour on one day, starting at midnight. The colours reflects the light over Tasman Bay.

All the works refer to investigations of the passage of time and the arbitrary units into which we divide it.

The small gallery at Woollaston Estates is usually home to paintings by Toss Woollaston, the father of managing director Philip Woollaston. Leary was the inaugral recipient of the Toss Woollaston Scholarship as a student at NMIT and now becomes the first other artist to exhibit in the estate gallery.