Cast of Mind 11 September – 14 October

Opening 9 September 10.30am-2pm

ART NEWS

Papakura Art Gallery presents a new exhibition of oil paintings by artist Joanna Fieldes, with works selected from the last 10 years of her art practice. Recent works are based on both south and west Auckland locations. Those works are accompanied by landscape paintings based on her memory of places across New Zealand. These paintings provide a backdrop for a cast of characters, who combine and merge their shape with iconic New Zealand ceramics. These hybrid creatures are bound by the push and pull of their relationships. 

The scenarios depicted in Fieldes’ paintings blend historical ‘truths’ with fanciful, surrealist visions.  Ceramic vessels, gravy jugs, urns and egg cups become containers for history, memory and meaning. She references existing ceramics and embellishes them creating her own designs.  The vessels are abundant with wildlife and also loaded with historic and cultural ideas.

Fieldes’ ideas around land, history and domestic objects are influenced in part by her upbringing on a farm. Her current local interest is in the ceramic studios that were based in Takanini and Drury, as well as studios in west Auckland. Landmarks and places are recognisable. In Paratutae Island, (guarding the northern shores of the Manukau Harbour) an over-sized golden hued bowl sits, upside down, at the entrance to Manukau harbour. In Hunua Water Fowl iconic Crown Lynn swans settle on the Hunua Falls. These locally made ceramic forms challenge the typical depiction of the pictorial New Zealand landscape.

There is tension in the works, beyond the playful surface of the paintings colonial history is explored. The characters are caught in a theatrical tableau of confrontation or perhaps, collaboration. By using a blend of fictional and factual images, her works question both history and its interpretation. They suggest that discussions around identity are fragile. An identity may chip, or shatter, but it can also exist as a shared memory or experience of place and belonging. 

 

Fair Game in Paradise ,2011

Fair Game in Paradise ,2011

Oil on linen with cedar support
w140 x h65cm
enquiry link sold
Hide & Seek ,2015

Hide & Seek ,2015

Oil on primed and sealed MDF board
w300mm x h200mm oval
enquiry link sold
Make Way, 2017

Make Way, 2017

Oil on linen with cedar support,
w 140cm x h 70cm
enquiry link sold
Paratutae Island, (guarding the northern shores of the Manukau Harbour),2017

Paratutae Island, (guarding the northern shores of the Manukau Harbour),2017

Oil on linen with cedar support,
w 140cm x h 70cm
enquiry link available
Hunua Water Fowl ,2017

Hunua Water Fowl ,2017

Oil on linen with cedar support.
w 140cm x h 70cm
enquiry link sold
Sentry Duty, 2014

Sentry Duty, 2014

Oil on linen with cedar support
w 140cm x h 70cm
enquiry link available
The Sentinels, 2014

The Sentinels, 2014

Oil on linen with cedar support,
w 140cm x h 70cm
enquiry link available
Rabbit Source, 2014

Rabbit Source, 2014

Oil on linen with cedar support
w 140cm x h 70cm
enquiry link available
If it Fits, Wear it, II ,2011

If it Fits, Wear it, II ,2011

Oil on linen
Diptych each w 30cm x h 40cm,
enquiry link sold
Lowlanders and Highlanders, 2012

Lowlanders and Highlanders, 2012

Oil on linen with cedar support,
w 140cm x h 65cm
enquiry link sold
Picked Over,2011

Picked Over,2011

Oil on linen with cedar support
w140cm x h 65cm
enquiry link available
A Head Case ,2013

A Head Case ,2013

Oil on linen with cedar support
w 140cm x h 70cm
enquiry link available
Scent, 2010

Scent, 2010

Oil on linen
w40cm x h30cm
enquiry link available
Washed Up, 2010

Washed Up, 2010

Oil on linen
w 40cm x h 30cm
enquiry link available
Layered Past, 2017

Layered Past, 2017

Oil paint with glaze on Crown Lynn #21 hand potted vase
w 13cm x h 17.5cm
enquiry link available
Tabletop Encounter ,2017

Tabletop Encounter ,2017

Oil paint on 600gsm sealed water colour paper, dia 58cm
Placed on oak wooden table with glass top
enquiry link available
Black & White,2015

Black & White,2015

Stoneware, coloured slip & glaze
w 21.5mm x h 28.5mm
Fran Maguire & Joanna Fieldes,
enquiry link sold
Lost and Found, 2015

Lost and Found, 2015

Stoneware, coloured slip & glaze
w 21cm x h 29 cm
Fran Maguire & Joanna Fieldes
enquiry link available
Rubbing Noses ,2015

Rubbing Noses ,2015

Stoneware, coloured slip & glaze
w 23cm x h 32 .5cm
Fran Maguire & Joanna Fieldes
enquiry link sold
Arrival & Survival, 2015

Arrival & Survival, 2015

Stoneware, coloured slip & glaze
w 22mm x h 40mm,
Fran Maguire & Joanna Fieldes,
enquiry link available
Outlook Post ,2015

Outlook Post ,2015

Oil on primed and sealed MDF board
w 200mm x h 300mm oval
enquiry link sold