KO MURIHIKU TŌKU WHAEA - SOUTHERN MOTHER Exhibition
This group exhibition explores three artists’ connections to Southland and celebrates Murihiku, the great Southern Mother, who nurtured their artistic talents and values.
Emma Riha Kitson is a descendant of Kai Tahu ki Murihiku. Kyla Cresswell and Kim Lowe both grew up in Murihiku and are descendants of Southland settlers. Emma, Kyla, and Kim met at the Dunedin School of Art in 1993. Over the following decades, they followed different paths, yet all three have gravitated towards the process-heavy technique of printmaking.
Emma loves the egalitarian nature of printmaking and its connections to historical revolutionary movements. She also enjoys just getting to play with knives. Kyla enjoys the progression from mark-making to printed image, and the distinctive elements each printmaking process gives to the image. For Kim, it is all about working in reverse and taking tiny steps following a traditional and time-laden process.
Kyla has returned to Murihiku recently, while Kim resides in Ōtautahi (Christchurch) and Emma is based in Te-Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington).
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