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PulseArt: Potpourri

October 6, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - October 24, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

In the past potpourri meant a putrid pot. Today it is “a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent, or a miscellaneous collection, or medley.” Beautiful things grow in compost. “Potpourri” for us is complex; a mixture of colours, fragrances, ‘herstories’, and issues. It is a theme that echoes the alternative ways we each view, create and combine our positions and art within our own community and wider society to create a visual narrative of shared experience.

Fran explores the pockets of abundance of her garden, interpreting her ideas through the materiality of the paint, brushstrokes and the use of colour. Sue embraces classical and mythical women’s images changing symbols and forms to connect with her Māori and European heritage. Past and future are important, as is preserving the moment. She also celebrates “Takatapui”, or those who don’t fit into the heterosexual model. Beth’s works are visual narratives. She likes to juxtapose the old with the new, people with objects, and nature to marry different eras and ambiguities into surreal human ‘landscapes’. Cath collects nostalgic and unexpected images to create collages that make humorous social comments about differing realities. She also cuts letters into stone to add to this commentary.

We engage with the past and equally re-establish our place in the present. “To name is to make present. If you do not name, you do not have a cultural history and if you don’t have a cultural history you do not exist” (Harmony Hammond).

Labels exist, we exist. Our art is an important vehicle for claiming who we are – for labeling ourselves lesbian. It speaks out for us.

Potpourri events:

Opening Event:
Saturday Oct 6th 2-4pm

Sunday Oct 7th
Gallery open 11am – 3pm.
Some of the PulseArt group will be available to talk informally with visitors about the exhibition.

Wednesday Oct 10, 1-2pm
Gallery open 10-4.30pm
Table talk session 1.
The ephemera table will have art and poetry books, visual diaries and information on other women artists. We will have informal discussions about our artwork in relation to the ephemera and how we’ve used it to inform our art practices.

Sunday Oct 14th. 
Gallery open 11-3pm.
Cath Head will demonstrate stone carving techniques.
1-2pm. Artists panel discussion.

Wednesday Oct 17th, 1-2pm
Gallery open 10-4.30pm
Table talk session 2

Sunday Oct  21st.
Gallery open 11-3pm.
1-3pm. Aorewa McLeod will talk about the poet Heather McPherson and her poetry.
Nadia Gush will talk about ‘Emotional Deviants and the Politics of Love’.
Joanne Drayton will talk about the artists Edith Collier and Frances Hodgkins

Wednesday Oct. 24th. 5-7pm.
Finissage. A celebratory exhibition ending with a trumpet medley from Edwina Thorne.


Potpourri is part of Artweek Auckland  #ArtweekAKL


October 6, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
October 24, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
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