Hand Me Down
Lynette Fisher, Nicol Sanders - O'Shea, Anne Shirley

Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts | Foyer Galleries
University of Waikato | Kirikiriroa Hamilton
21st February - 19th August 2022

The visual space is a nexus that speaks of physical and metaphorical connections. It provides links with historical and communal practice that is steeped in pedagogy and rich in wairua.

The work shared in this exhibition pays tribute to this space through transitional works that require the viewer to heterogeneously contemplate past, present and future as they navigate memory, perception and social disruption.

Post-pop-retro screen-printed imagery plays with notions of Covid-19 inspired social change. The installation is virus-like, taking over, spreading and dispersing within the gallery. The space shifts between the illumination of family photographs within light-box containers and the disruption of contextual data within photographic imagery: The referents in the photograph disappear as a subject and reappear as an object. Private collides with public.

Raw black canvases spotlight social engagement through the ‘handed down’ and passed on.  The figures are often shown firmly disengaged with the viewer from their imagined worlds, with the access point quietly waiting to be discovered - their narratives investigated and repackaged with a questioning lens on custom and tradition.

Connections to community and the space are evident within the work as it demands conversations dealing with social constructs buried deep into our psych. It speaks of inclusion and rites of passage, collective and private agreements we understand when we navigate mental and physical spaces, like memory and communal locations such as the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.

Hand Me Down (2021)
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rememberthem_I.jpg
theseareyourcousins.jpg
theseareyouraunties.jpg
andthisisyourgrandmother.jpg

The Artists

Lynette Fisher has a Bachelor of Creative Industries and her art discipline ranges from painting, printmaking and drawing all of which have featured in solo and group shows around New Zealand. She is an arts coordinator and a practicing artist working from her home studio in Tauranga. Her work investigates themes of adoption, guardianship and appropriation - taking elements of existing imagery and re-placing them in awkward, misplaced and re-imagined worlds.

Nicol Sanders-O'Shea has a Master of Fine Art with first class honours from Elam School of Fine Arts. She is a screen-print specialist and has taught in several tertiary Art & Design programmes in New Zealand. She is currently the Academic Leader for Arts at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. She has won several art awards including the prestigious WSA New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2015. She was an artist in residence in 2018 at the Tr6 Printmaking residency in Manhattan New York. Her works are held in both public and private collections in New Zealand.

Anne Shirley holds a Masters of Art and Design from Auckland University of Technology. As a professional photographer her creative practice also pulls themes from this artform, in particular family photography. She has also worked as an art and design tutor and graphic designer and has exhibited around New Zealand.

The Work (shown here)

Don't forget (2022)

Acrylic and wax pencil on canvas

1420 x 1115mm

Remember them? I, II (2022)

Acrylic on canvas panel

300 x 200mm

These are your cousins (2021)

Acrylic on canvas

610 x 610mm

These are your aunts (2021)

Acrylic on canvas

610 x 610mm

...and this is your Grandmother (2021)

Acrylic on canvas

610 x 610mm

If you are interested in purchasing any of these works and to view more please visit the exhibition or works available for purchase