mother… land… journey…
Date: Mar 29 – Apr 11Space: Small Gallery
CAN are pleased to welcome Mary Borland to CAN for her debut exhibition with us, ‘mother… land… journey…’
“From the time I picked up a copy of John Steinbeck’s ‘Travels With Charley’ as an 18 year old, I have had a wonderment and curiosity for diverse cultural experiences, people and journeys. It has taken me many places, from the Bangkok slums to prison cells, church auditoriums and corporate board rooms. 46 years on, as a citizen of three countries, and cherishing a lifetime of experiences, I am delighted to be finally nestling back into my homeland of New Zealand. My diverse paintings are a representation of those myriad experiences, rooted deeply in the land, journeys, and in the sacrament of embracing risk. They are owned and displayed by investors in many countries, including New Zealand, Australia and the United States.
This retrospective of my art work spanning 40 years comes from my love of land and journey. ‘mother…land…journey’ begins with the emotional journey that was the passing of my Mother, Emma, from leukaemia. Hurting and confused, I looked to the land for roots, for a sense of place, for comfort. I found solace in strong colour and wild expression. Living in Australia for ten years from 2000, and then transitioning into my new home in Phoenix (2010 till 2022), I saw the lines of the dry desert hills and valleys from high above as we were preparing to land, and I was immediately compelled to paint in a different style…nature offers a vast and beautiful variety of patterns from fractals to chaos. Every culture has their name for it but basically it is nature creating beauty… A series called “Flying Into Phoenix” was the artistic result. Where does your journey take you? For me, it is to the mother, the land. mother….land….journey Enjoy” Mary Borland
As a wonderful bonus, Mary will be ‘in residence’ painting in the gallery on Friday 5th April!
Visitors can come along and meet Mary on this date between 11am and 3pm and see her working on one of her stylised nature paintings. Furthermore, there will be an opportunity for those interested to add some dots to the painting under her instruction. The work will most likely be available for sale before the end of the exhibition, with a price yet to be determined for the piece.
Residing in the CAN Small Gallery 29th March – 11th April 2024