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Philippa Bentley

acrylic on canvas

405 x 300mm


Commissioned for Socially Distanced Yet Creatively Connected, an exhibition in response to the global pandemic and inspired by our collective experience of lockdown.

Artist's statement:

Sea charts record the explored, known world reassuring us- we know where we’re going, it's all mapped out. However with the pandemic and increasing environmental concerns we are in uncharted waters. My painting re-imagines Tamaki Strait and our inner islands with a shifted world view and re-charts it to show familiar, recognisable islands lying alongside human forms, portrayed not as distant observers/recorders but as islands, part of the map itself. The islands are content and peaceful, shown in harmonious co-existence with their environment and clearly part of nature, not separate from it. A new way to navigate the Anthropocene; finding a way forward.


About the Artist

Philippa Bentley

"The joy of expression – big swooping background moves of brush and paint over canvas, then careful respectful strokes for detail, letting the buttery paint slip and slide into the spaces it should fill. To create something visual is a powerful handmade and heartfelt experience.“