Thou Art Us
Like most New Zealanders I was appalled by the senseless atrocity committed in Christch urch on
15th March 2019, and like most New Zealanders I wanted to help in some way.
I reached out to artists I have worked with in the past and within two weeks each of the seven artists
in the show had produced a heartfelt piece.
A health issue meant I could get them printed in the immediate weeks after the attack so I have waited
until six months have passed and feel that the time is right to show that the Aroha displayed in
March is still there and just as strong.
Our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern led the response by telling our Muslim community ,
who are largely recent arrivals to Aotearoa, that “You are us”.
I have taken this phrase and given it a tweak to suit our artistic attempt to show that these were
not just words but truth.
I have often recalled being on the number 7 bus to a football game at the Westpac Stadium and seeing
a young lad in his replica top riding with his mother who was wearing a black tunic and a yellow hijab,
not just any yellow but the piercingly bright yellow of the Wellington Phoenix. I remember how glad that
made me feel seeing that and have wondered if that family still have the feeling of belonging that
supporting the local team gives one.
Hopefully in some miniscule way these artworks can reinforce the solidarity and sense of
community that was shown earlier this year that made me proud to live in Aotearoa where terrible things
can happen but hopefully they won’t be able to define us.
The seven artists were
Owner of Playhaus Design, a one man creative team based in Wellington
Stencil artist and local body candidate in Westport
Chilean born, Auckland based, personal documentary photographer and designer
Potter and Illustrator based in Whakatū
Acclaimed visual artist Matt Moriarty’s works are distinctive in their strong graphic sensibility that reflect
a dual vocational background in art & design. Semiotics form an enigmatic and often ambiguous narrative
around themes of conservation inherit to his upbringing and residence in Aotearoa, New Zealand. .
Multiple award winning political cartoonist from Wellington
Based in Wellington, Sheyne is a multi-media visual artist whose primary mediums are painting,
animation and printmaking.
Pete Howard provided a stencil artwork and the other pieces were all done as limited edition runs of 15
hand pulled screen prints by me.
Screenprinter at Artisan Screen Prints in Shelly Bay Wellington
The prints will be available for sale at the show launch at Parrotdog in Lyall Bay on Thursday September 26
and thereafter on Trademe. ALL proceeds from the sales will be donated to organizations helping the local
Muslim community. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org