Under The Radar: Margaret Aull & Hiria Anderson
At a time when all of Aotearoa was in lock down to fight the threat of Covid-19, artists Margaret Aull and Hiria Anderson decided to stay in touch as 'Covid painting pen-pals'; a valuable artistic exchange amongst the uncertainty. Artworks were made and delivered between the artists' studios, resulting in a collaborative body of work.
'Under The Radar' is a series of collaborative paintings that reflect on the need to maintain connection and exchange as artists and as friends during times of strife.
Margaret Aull is a painter, curator and arts manager whose practice across disciplines is deeply informed by her maternal whakapapa to Te Rarawa/Tuwharetoa in Aotearoa, and paternal links to Fiji.
After completing a Bachelor of Media Arts at Wintec, Aull went on to hold her first solo exhibition, Na Kena Yali at the Chartwell Gallery in Hamilton in 2008. She has exhibited widely since then in group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, producing two further solo exhibitions at Papakura Art Gallery (Concealed Ancestors, 2013) and OREXART in Auckland (2014). Her Master of Fine Arts (Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design) research centred the notion of Tapu/Tabu, specifically of objects and personal items created as visual representations of ancestors and gods.
Throughout her practice, Aull has investigated sculptural form, reproducibility and the materiality of paint and mark making in mixed media works on canvas and experimental installation. Having developed a strong buying audience and following, Aull has become known for bold compositions and rich, textured colourscapes. Articulating the space between her Māori and Fijian ancestries and socio-cultural worldviews, Aull’s work contributes comfortably and at times uncomfortably to contemporary Māori, Pacific and wider Aotearoa art discourses.
Hiria Anderson (Rereahu, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura) gained an MFA with First Class Honours from Whitecliffe College of Art and Design. She was raised in her grandparents’ home in the Waikato and today lives in her whānau homestead in Ōtorohanga. She is currently represented by Tim Melville in Newton, Auckland.
Anderson’s practice is focussed upon painting the everyday lives of the people in her community. She pays particular attention to intertribal relationships and relationships between family members, as well as to the politics and environments that show the nuances and connections between Māori culture and 21st century life.
“I want to produce knowledge about our world at this time through my eyes. I am present in every painting. I felt, experienced and saw those things. The land was that colour. The sky was that blue. I smelt that rain. I saw the reflection of light off that concrete. But I understand, too, that the prison, the courthouse and the church are political constructs that have disenfranchised Maori. When I paint them, perhaps not everyone will read it in that way but that is the purpose of the work.”
Join us on Friday the 3rd of July, from 6pm, to welcome this exhibition to our space.
Never Project Space
Upstairs, 123 Commerce Street,
Frankton, Kirikiriroa, Aotearoa