Louise Menzies: In an orange my mother was eating
16 February - 30 March 2019
Artist talk: Saturday, 16 February, 11.00 a.m.
Curator's talk: Saturday, 30 March, 3.00 p.m.
2018 Frances Hodgkins Fellow Louise Menzies is interested in things as they are in the world. In this exhibition, her delicate appreciation for what already exists has materialised as a series of distinct works made during her year-long Fellowship and subsequent engagement with the Hocken Collections.
The playful exhibition title, In an orange my mother was eating, forms the opening line of “Where was I born?” a poem published by Joanna Margaret Paul in 1981. As two children recount to Paul where they might have come from (in a mirror; hot fire; in the cake tin; in the earth; in my bones), we are reminded of all the objects—and images of objects—around us that form our unique experiences of life.
Image design by Gilbert May.
As a further outcome of her Fellowship, Menzies has produced a large format 2019 calendar. Drawing on calendars held in the Ephemera Collection at the Hocken, it is based on the principle of repeating months. For example, August features January of the 1987 Rangitikei Railfans calendar, and May features October of the 2003 Everyday Goddesses celebrating New Zealand Women calendar. The calendar has been produced as a limited edition of 150 and is for sale at the Hocken and on the Hocken online store for $30 + postage.
Designed by Matthew Galloway
Photography by Richard Munro
Printed by Dunedin Print
15 pages, 420x594mm
Edition of 150
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.