|Geographical Positioning System
new work by Pippa Sanderson
@Idiom Studio, 4 June 5 July, 2003
"The naming and re-naming of places encodes changes to our historical, cultural and geographical landscapes" says artist Pippa Sanderson.
Wellington is the name of a small town in the English county of Shropshire, where Pippa's Victorian ancestors were born, as well as of the city were she now lives in New Zealand. Whanganui-a-tara is the Maori name for Wellington, and also for the hill overlooking the coastal settlement of Waimarama in Hawkes Bay, where she grew up.
The hill features in several of the paintings in Pippa's earlier exhibition 'Returning in Disguise', stolen from the Manawatu Gallery last year and recently returned anonymously.
Her latest exhibition, Geographical Positioning System, opened at Idiom Studio on 4 June, again features paintings set on Hawkes Bay's east coast, and also of the Wellington coastline.
These weathered and stony shores are peopled by cousins to the bird-masked 'numino' figures from Pippa's 'Returning in Disguise' series. She says, "their relationship to the environment mirrors the way unconscious thoughts emerge and recede from language."
(Click here to see details of her most recent exhibition Lights On, Nobody Home, which she has taken to Canada to exhibit in conjunction with her presentation at the Culture and the State conference in Edmonton Alberta.
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