Cocoon Exhibition, Kereru Gallery 2016
This exhibition is my last exhibition at Kereru for a while, as I take on a new role using art in a therapeutic capacity within a residential mental health facility here in Golden Bay. For Cocoon, I produced work for that explores the process of change, metamorphosis, transition. When a caterpillar goes through the chrysalis stage, it releases enzymes which digest most of the caterpillar, turning itself into a sort of soup. Within the soup, more enzymes activate 'imaginal disks' which create transformation and eventual reemergence as a butterfly. It is my experience that paintings evolve in a similar way - going through stages of temporary completion, dissolution, and reemergence. Some of the paintings below are currently showing at Monza Gallery in Takaka, Golden Bay.