Tuesday, February 2, 2010
long white clouds...
Portrait of Katherine Mansfield: Anne Estelle Rice, 1918 Te Papa Collection.
I found the excellent biography by Claire Tomalin of Katherine Mansfield who was an eminent New Zealand born writer living in London around the the time of the Bloomsbury's, in particular Virginia Woolf, and also DHLawrence - both of whom became intimate friends. A few days before picking up this book 2nd hand I was taken very much with this portrait at Te Papa. Finding the biography with this painting on the cover in an out of the way junk shop in a remote mountain village on the South Island was a treat. I gained a glimpse of the time in which she lived, both the colonial life of NZ and her prominent family's place in that and then the life of London and Europe which was the setting for much of her not so long life after the 'antipodean' childhood. Her father came to be a benefactor of Te Papa I realised tonight when looking at images. Interestingly whilst Katherine was alive family ties were very strained between them - support was offered up to a point - the artist's life was not "done"... not with this family and their desire for social eminence in the young NZ colony.
A Te Papa publication on its art collection
'Geneology III' Gordon Walters 1971
'Nought and crosses', series 2, no. 4 Colin McCahon
'Misiore' - Michel Tuffery 1988 woodcut on Tapa
'Reap what you sow' Richard Killeen 1979 screeprint
'The dreaming of Gordon Walters' Richard Killeen 1995
'Meryta sinclairii: Puka' Sarah Featon 1919
Just back from the 'Land of the long white clouds' this afternoon and its far too soon for me to have downloaded photos and sorted them so... here's a small selection of wonderful works form the brilliant 'Te Papa Museum' in Wellington to set the mood for this short sojourn in a lovely part of the globe. I chose these images from the collections online at Te Papa.
My mind is overflowing with recollections and impressions of 12 days absorbing the atmosphere of this place. Certain colours, elements and images keep drifting back - the mood is lingering and I ponder quite how to talk of it.
But now its very late and tomorrow contains many errands and tasks... so I will soon be back, hopefully with photos after the culling takes place. NZ has very, very winding roads - some photos I took with my right hand leaning out of the car on various slightly scarey corners whilst the left hand was firmly holding the wheel and concentration was focused on negotiating the challenging road. This is why I will no doubt cull a few photos...point and click has its limitations...!
I've missed friends in the blogsosphere these past 12 days BUT it was lovely to be outside, walking through wonderful locations and barely spending a moment at a desk. All fresh and ready to go again now... talk soon!