Just outside the picture ...
(thinking of Joanna Margaret Paul)
He poutama ki waho

(Steps towards outside)
by Sonja van Kerkhoff, 2020


Triptych, Acrylic on reinforced recycled cardboard.

Top element with a detail of the middle element.
Bottom element

Each element is 21 x 14 cm.

The title references a poem by the New Zealand artist and poet, Joanna Margaret Paul which refers to a centre of focus being outside the picture
I came across this poem, All Lines Converge in the exhibition of extra-ordinary diversity of the same name at the Govett-Brewster gallery of works by female artists. The show hit home the faith in the power of diversity infused by female practitioners.

In the three pieces here dotted lines and abstract colourations diverge playfully out of the frame.
The use of the material, upcycled cardboard where the irregularities created by use are part of textures of the surface, was also a conceptual dig at preciousness and the idea of order in light of the fact that we are living in very unpredictable times.

Here is an excerpt of the poem:
...all lines
at the centre
not the middle
just outside the picture...

- Joanna Margaret Paul,
O, Seacliff,
June 1973 (excerpt)

2020    Kumeu Art Awards 2020 7-28 Nov 2020  Kumeu Arts, Auckland, Aotearoa | New Zealand

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