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PulseArt – Potpourri

06 Oct 2018 - 24 Oct 2018


Saturday 6 October 2018, 2.00pm - Wednesday 24 October 2018, 3.00pm

Opening event: Sat 6 Oct, 2pm

Regular hours: Mon 12pm-4.30pm, Tue-Sat 10am-4.30pm, Sun 11am-3pm


Depot Artspace, 28 Clarence Street, Devonport, Auckland

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Depot Artspace

09 963 2331


In the past potpourri meant a putrid pot. Today it is “a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent, or a miscellaneous collection, or medley.” Beautiful things grow in compost.

“Potpourri” for us is complex; a mixture of colours, fragrances, ‘herstories’, and issues. It is a theme that echoes the alternative ways we each view, create and combine our positions and art within our own community and wider society to create a visual narrative of shared experience.

Fran explores the pockets of abundance in her garden, interpreting her ideas through the materiality of the paint, brushstrokes and the use of colour. Sue embraces classical and mythical women’s images changing symbols and forms to connect with her Māori and European heritage. Past and future are important, as is preserving the moment. She also celebrates “Takatapui”, or those who don’t fit into the heterosexual model.

Beth’s works are visual narratives. She likes to juxtapose the old with the new, people with objects, and nature to marry different eras and ambiguities into surreal human ‘landscapes’. Cath collects nostalgic and unexpected images to create collages that make humorous social comments about differing realities. She also cuts letters into stone to add to this commentary.

We engage with the past and equally re-establish our place in the present. “To name is to make present. If you do not name, you do not have a cultural history and if you don’t have a cultural history you do not exist” (Harmony Hammond).

Labels exist, we exist. Our art is an important vehicle for claiming who we are – for labelling ourselves lesbian. It speaks out for us.

Potpourri is part of Artweek Auckland.