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Miranda Parkes: the merrier
2016 Frances Hodgkins Fellowship exhibition

talkwalker resized21 July – 28 October 2017

Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena
90 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin
Monday-Saturday 10am to 5pm

Saturday 22 July, 2pm
Exhibition floor talk
Join artist Miranda Parkes with curator Andrea Bell for a tour of ‘the merrier’

Buy an exhibition catalogue here.

Drawing on the expanded field of painting, Miranda Parkes makes art that speaks to the bodily experience and subjectivity of abstraction. Known for her puffed, twisting, bulging, works, she treats painting as a spatial medium and creates works that are physical, sculptural and material. The language of painting and textual references filter through her new body of work for ‘the merrier’, in which she playfully alludes to the overlap between art, poetry and everyday life. In testing the qualities of her materials, Parkes simultaneously reveres and rejects the ideals of modernism. If painting is a text, Parkes questions not what is written, but how it is read, and by whom?

A publication designed by Daniel Alexander Blackball will accompany the exhibition with texts by Sharon Dell, Robyn Notman, Andrea Bell, Sophie Bannan and Miranda Parkes, along with studio photography and working drawings. The publication will be available for purchase from the Hocken and selected stockists.

About the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship

The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship was established by the University of Otago Council in 1962, largely through the efforts of Dunedin philanthropists that contributed funding to support the Fellowship. The Fellowship was intended to ‘encourage artists in the practice and advancement of their art’ by providing them with a studio and a year’s stipend, to aid and encourage painters, sculptors and multi-media artists, while at the same time associating them with the life of the University and fostering an interest in the Arts within the University. It was named after Dunedin-born Frances Hodgkins, one of New Zealand's most distinguished painters.

Image: Miranda Parkes, talkwalker, 2017, acrylic and enamel paint on board: 80 x 80 cm, courtesy of the artist and Jonathan Smart Gallery.