Lonnie Hutchinson: Black Bird
6 March – 2 May 2015
Bringing together diverse works from public and private collections throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand, this exhibition was the first major survey of 16 years of Lonnie Hutchinson’s rich and varied practice. Female subjectivity and feminist narratives inspire her unique approach to art making. Black Bird includes major sculptures such as her comb works, characteristic paper-cuts, works on paper and the room installation She Could Taste Salt on Her Lips (2007) as well as a restaging of the performance work Can You See Me (1996). Hutchinson’s Māori (Ngai Tāhu) and Samoan heritage inform her interest in pattern, the play of light and shadow as well as the navigation between space and time.
Black Bird was supported by Tautai and Creative New Zealand and was developed by the Centre for Art Studies at The University of Auckland as a touring exhibition.