The here and now of New Zealand women’s art can be seen at the Fisher Gallery in Pakuranga this month. ‘New Women Artists’ is a dynamic exhibition presenting the works of eleven contemporary female artists.
The artists being exhibited are Leonie Arnold, Ingrid Banwell, Heather Busch, Debra Bustin, Nancy de Freitas, Charo Oquet, Angela Porteous, Bianca van Rangelrooy, Pauline Thompson, Christine Webster and Delyn Williams.
Visually the exhibition is stunning with many large 3-dimensional and hanging works. All are highly original and guaranteed to stimulate the viewer.
Although in style the artists differ greatly, they have responded in their works to the experiences as women they have in common. Not that they should be labelled as political or feminist though - all the artists shy away from such labels, preferring to think of themselves simply as artists.
The works do not fall into any neat categories which we can eagerly greet or resist. Instead, a wide range of subjects are treated which all demand an individual response.