Heart of Gold
mixed media on canvas
1220 x 1220mm
Commissioned for Socially Distanced Yet Creatively Connected, an exhibition in response to the global pandemic and inspired by our collective experience of lockdown.
Heart of Gold; celebrates the love of Aotearoa in its raw elegance and atmospheric elemental beauty. Land, Water, Sky.
Heart of Gold in terms of social commentary references the good heart of team 5 million, the strength and power in that Kiwi attitude of alright then, let's do this and we got this.
Those lock-down weeks were hard but also contained some beautiful gems...
There was a lot of family and personal contemplative time for quite a few people. There were many unexpected and delightful kindnesses displayed nationwide, and there were some new innovative experiences.
Heart of Gold has a strong mountain spine of gold leaf, taonga, a treasure running all the way through it, beginning to end.
It was a real pleasure to paint again when I was allowed back to my studio, after lock-down. There is a huge amount of gratitude and love for New Zealand in this artwork as well.