Landscape

Landscape, 1965, sawdust, synthetic polymer paint on hardboard, 600 x 602 mm. Private collection. Courtesy McCahon Research and Publication Trust

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Reinterpretation of Landscape, Salome Tanuvasa, April 2020   

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Reinterpretation of Landscape, Salome Tanuvasa, April 2020   

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Reinterpretation of Landscape, Salome Tanuvasa, April 2020   

Salome Tanuvasa

Artist and educator

I learnt about McCahon when I was at uni studying fine art. Looking through the McCahon collections online now, I’m amazed by just how many pieces he created. I’m faced with how my art practice could grow, especially at this point in time with the whole world  in lockdown due to the COVID-19 virus.

I remember seeing one of McCahon’s paintings at the Auckland Art Gallery, and being overwhelmed by the scale of his work. I haven’t had the chance to see any other McCahon’s in the flesh, but with the use of the internet, I am able to observe his pieces online. I came across this work, Landscape, painted in 1965. The colours, shapes and texture caught my attention, so I have tried to make a reflection of this artwork. I have struggled to draw something I am satisfied with, so I figure I’ll just keep writing to see what happens…

As I think about it—I don’t think I can reflect on a time that I was inspired by McCahon — the only thing I learnt about him was that he was a famous NZ artist. However, as I look at his body of work, just how much he has produced, I can’t help but think how he did this?’ I guess if you have unlimited time to create work there is a lot of space to consider and develop a sense of style. This is something I hope to have in the future.

I have now managed to go back to my drawings to see if my reinterpretations of Landscape were successful. I chose this piece (below). The texture of the painting was something I wanted to emulate. I experimented with pastels on paper;  thinking about how my strokes could produce the same effect. After some struggle, I used my phone to zoom in on areas I enjoy the most, creating new works from within the existing picture plane. I would say this is a semi digital drawing, and I could say this is one of the perks of having a hand-me-down Iphone 7. 

Well, until we find a vaccination for COVID-19 the world is in a standstill. Everything has slowed down; there is time to catch up on reading and time to reflect. Although, there are jobs lost and a lot of uncertainty about what life will be like  post lockdown. What will the world look like? 

CONNECTING CULTURAL LEGACY WITH CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE

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Megan Tamati-Quennell
Black Landscape
Nick Mitzevich
Victory over Death 2
Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
Victory over Death 2
The Governor-General, The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy
Gate III
Grant Banbury
I Paul
Sir Bob Harvey
Dark Landscape
Young Old Girls (Christchurch Girls’ High)
North Otago Landscape 19
Sophie Bannan
Van Gogh - poems by John Caselberg
Linda Tyler
Urewera Triptych
Emily Karaka
Tangi. Muriwai
Robert Gardiner
Are there not twelve hours of daylight
Thomas Crow
Are there not twelve hours of daylight
Jude Rae
Victory over death 2
Brent Harris
The Family
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
15 Drawings Dec '51 to May '52
Salome Tanuvasa
Landscape
Yona Lee
Landscape theme and variations (series B)
David Kirk
Kaipara
Priscilla Pitts
Fourteen Stations of the Cross
Ruth Watson
This day a man is
Tessa Laird
Keep New Zealand Green
Nell
East window
Nicola Farquhar
Kauri trees
Hon Grant Robertson
Otago Peninsula
Jane Macknight
Untitled (North Otago Landscape)
Karen Walker
Titirangi
Wystan Curnow
The Green Plain
Philip Clarke
Necessary Protection (IHS)
Mary Kisler
A candle in a dark room
Ayesha Green
I AM
Matthew O'Reilly
Muriwai
Bettina Bradbury and Kararaina Rangihau
A poster for the Urewera no. 2
Al Keating
A Grain of wheat
Cushla Dillon
Entombment (after Titian)
Hamish Coney
Here I give thanks to Mondrian
Stephen Wainwright
As there is a constant flow of light we are born into the pure land
Sue Gardiner
Landscape theme and variations (series A)
Robert Leonard
Numerals
Judy Darragh
Clouds 1
John Coley
AS THERE IS A CONSTANT FLOW OF LIGHT WE ARE BORN INTO THE PURE LAND
Shannon Te Ao
Ka pōraruraru ahau. I am troubled.
Helen Beaglehole
GATE III
Ralph Paine
Jump E9
Judy Millar
Muriwai: Necessary Protection
Fiona Pardington
Waterfall
C.K. Stead
All mortals are like grass
Gretchen Albrecht
As there is a constant flow of light we are born into the pure land
Martin Edmond
Cross (1959)
Lisa Reihana
Urewera mural
Peter Simpson
Jet out to Te Reinga
Christina Barton
Gate III
Dame Jenny Gibbs
I Considered All the Acts of Oppression
Zoe Black
Ruby Bay
Jim Barr and Mary Barr
Oaia and clouds
Vivienne Stone
Tomorrow will be the same but not as this is
Kate Sylvester
Northland Panels