Emily Karaka: Four Paintings
Visions is proud to announce that the gallery now represents preeminent Aotearoa artist Emily Karaka, who is of Ngāti Hine (Ngāpuhi), Te Kawerau a Maki, Ngāti Tamaoho, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, and Te Ahiwaru (Waikato) affiliations. Emily's work draws on Māori and European art-making traditions, including toi whakairo (carving) and abstract expressionism. Her paintings are characterised by dazzling colour and emotional intensity. They frequently incorporate text and tie into the artist's longstanding work advocating for tino rangatiratanga (self-determination).
For her first exhibition with Visions, Emily presents four paintings that relate to Ōtuataua/Ihumātao, an area of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland that is the subject of ongoing dispute. The works are associated with a major series shown in Australia this year as part of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, NIRIN, curated by Brook Andrew (Wiradjuri). Four Paintings provides audiences in Aotearoa with an opportunity to connect with that project, despite the impossibility of travel as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also serves to welcome to the gallery works by Australian artist Oscar Perry, who cannot visit for the same reason.
Emily's exhibition is accompanied by a piece of writing by the artist. The text and the four paintings on show appear in the biennale publication NIRIN NGAAY, which is available online.