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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Micah 6:8
King James Version (KJV)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Lifesong - Review

York Street Art Gallery, 21 York Street, Timaru: 20 Nov 2010 – 20 Jan 2011

This exhibition of abstract paintings by artist Elizabeth Love (nee Acheson) of Timaru, reveal a deep vein of Christian faith that inspires and translates the artist’s poet soul.

There is a sense of atmosphere about these works; of mood, of storm and brooding, of depth to fathom, of deeply rich colour and textured surfaces that might be read lightly like Braille, with the fingers.

The exhibition ‘presents the gleanings of memory past and present’. Key elements show up again and again; text in the form of scripture, prayer, song and lyric, and ideas of a new land, landscape and a sense of place within it.

The Nunc Dimittis series stands out. They refer to the song of Simeon, used as a canticle (a Christian hymn or chant) in various liturgies.

Luke 2:29 – 32 elaborates and refers to the sighting of the Christ child by the old prophet Simeon, and his readiness at that point to depart, to leave, to be dismissed from this life because he had seen and held the promised Christ. His wait was over. Scripture also conveys an unwritten sense of settling and settlement.

The Common Prayer series carry ideas further. ‘In the Bonds of Love we Meet’, and ‘Let it Rain’ are Influenced by the Common Prayer Book of Anglican up-bringing. Works are linked to this land, Aotearoa, to its vision and its unifying national anthem.

The Common Prayer Book was a vital link between the Northern Ireland homeland of her parents and the new home they would eventually make in Aotearoa NZ. ‘The prayer book gave them a sense of cover and commonality amongst other Anglicans; they could go anywhere in the world and be at home’, she says.

The Kakanui series is a place where ocean meets sky and red ladders appear in the landscape. The work ‘When Jesus called to Peter at Kakanui’ suggests new insight occurred there.

Design is a key element in Elizabeth Love’s work. It brings a sense of measure and placement of the artist’s language of marks. These show up as deft sweeps of colour; of semi circles, banners, crosses and other motifs.

Ideas for new works seem to be constantly arriving. These are thought about, developed and presented though they may take a number of years to resolve.

Elizabeth has dedicated Lifesong to the memory of her father.

Moana Tipa
Community Arts Writer
November 2010


Nearly a year on & I am understanding more about these works with the help of my Learning Connexion mentor Anne-Marie Jean. Invaluable.

Monday, August 8, 2011

He aha te mea nui o te ao?

He Tangata!
Elizabeth Love
May 2011
Mixed Media on canvas

He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He Tangata! He Tangata! He Tangata!

What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people! It is people! It is people!


Monday, March 28, 2011

New Zealand/Aotearoa National Anthem

Common Prayer (X): Bonds of Love
Elizabeth Love
September 2010
Mixed Media on canvas
(Lifesong exhibition)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

God Defend New Zealand/Aotearoa

Common Prayer (IX): Triple Star
Elizabeth Love
September 2010
Mixed Media on canvas
(Lifesong exhibition)

Common Prayer (IX): Triple Star (detail)

E Ihowā Atua,
O ngā iwi mātou rā
Āta whakarangona;
Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau tō atawhai;
Manaakitia mai

God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific's triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

E Ihowa Atua

Common Prayer (XXI): Let it Rain
Elizabeth Love
September 2010
Mixed Media on canvas
(Lifesong exhibition)

Common Prayer (XXI): Let it Rain (detail)