Paris Kirby: Fertile Ground - Art Collector

Paris Kirby, ‘This Country of Ours’, 2018. Oil and acrylic on silk and wood, 180 x 140cm. Courtesy: The artist and Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland.

 In ‘Fertile Ground’ small-scale reproductions of iconic works by female artists are inset in each of Kirby’s large-scale paintings. The inserted reproductions serve as an inspiration for the artist's chosen palette, and a reference point for her exploration into Aotearoa’s colonial and art historical past. 

The painted ground connecting these inserted reproductions acts as a site of revelation, pitching a subjective topography of Aotearoa’s painted landscape. Fluid strokes and painterly layers offer a contrast to the rectangular bounds of the historical references. The artist's abstracted topographical mark-making acts as a map that bleeds into and connects the inserted reference points.

Exhibition opens: 5:30–7:30pm Tuesday 11 September 2018
Exhibition closes: 23 September 2018
Location:  Sanderson Contemporary, 2-4 Kent St, Osborne Lane, Newmarket, Auckland
Phone: +64 9 520 0501


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