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24 June 1994 —
24 July 1994

Judy McIntosh Wilson:
Tall Poppies

Judy McIntosh, Tall Poppies, 1994 (installation view). Boulders, elm bark, sand, black & white photographs.
Judy McIntosh, Tall Poppies, 1994 (installation view). Boulders, elm bark, sand, black & white photographs.
Judy McIntosh, Tall Poppies, 1994 (detail). Boulders, elm bark, sand, black & white photographs.
Judy McIntosh, Tall Poppies, 1994 (detail). Boulders, elm bark, sand, black & white photographs.

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An exhibition by Wilson Christchurch multimedia artist Judy McIntosh opens to the public at the Fisher Gallery, Pakuranga on Friday 24 June.

Tall Poppies is an installation initially commissioned for the Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt and was on display during the recent International Arts Festival.

McIntosh Wilson says about her work, ‘Tall Poppies grew from my love of the land; of Canterbury and the evolution of the plains. It also grew from my wry observations of the essentially New Zealand preoccupation with those who stand tall in our society - our tall poppies.’

She continues, ‘Through these themes I have explored questions of restriction, freedom and change. Anomaly and paradox are at the heart of this installation.’

The exhibition, on display in the Studio Gallery, is made from materials drawn from the artist’s Canterbury environment.

Tall Poppies consists of a series of river boulders bound with ships of elm bark. These bindings allude to the contradictory forces of control and destruction inherent in living materials. The Gallery setting suggests another order, control and sense of direction.

Press

→ Merge with the poppies, New Zealand Herald, 21-07-1994
→ Shades of deja vu, New Zealand Herald, 21-07-1994

The gallery is closed for install from 29 January 2023.

Our next exhibition Who can think, what can think curated by Bruce E. Phillips will open 18 February 2023.

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