An exhibition by Zena Elliott
From 1st - 31st July 2015
“What makes [Elliott’s works] enthralling, full of time, is that various elements are wrestled into complex pictorial structures that let the eye roam in and out of space, around and about. Familiar images ... pop into focus as we traverse these thoroughly unfamiliar, invented spaces.” (1)
Drawing on multiple histories including her own whakapapa (Ngāti Awa, Te Whānau A Apanui, Ngai Te Rangi, Te Arawa), street art and abstract painting, Zena Elliott’s energy-filled works explores notions of individual identity within an international community. The cross- pollination of societal, gendered, and historical norms across a range of media increases apace and Elliot examines its effect on the framing of a singular, artistic ‘voice’, asking if it is possible to locate artworks within a distinct national/personal/cultural framework.
‘Whaiwhakaaro’ explores how narrative can broaden our ability to interprete meaning through the unseen/seen in visual story-telling. Interwoven through the layers of form and pattern reside the parallel narratives and residue of the unseen cultural and personal reflections of creative process.
Based in Hamilton, Elliott gained her Master of Visual Arts with Distinction from the Waikato Institute of Technology in 2006. Her most recent exhibition, “Glokool”, was shown at both the University of Waikato’s Calder Lawson Gallery and Whakatane Museum. Elliott is currently represented by Milford Galleries Dunedin.
(1) Edward Hanfling “Star Wars, manga and the whare’. The Listener, 28 September 2013