Five Artists on Stewart Island, 4May-4June, Wellington

Solander Gallery invites you to join the artists for the opening of
  47°South Rakiura: Five Artists on Stewart Island
from 5:30-7pm on Wednesday 4 May, through to 4 June.

The exhibition is a collection of artworks inspired by an artist residency project on Stewart Island, 
with limited edition and unique works from the project artists: 
John Pusateri, Jacqueline Aust, Jenna Packer, Inge Doesburg, and Jacqui Colley. 
Each artist brings a fascinating perspective to this shared experience of Stewart Island.

In November 2015, Solander Gallery invited a group of five contemporary artists 
to undertake a week-long residency at the southernmost tip of New Zealand. 
The objective of the 47° South project was to encourage the artists 
to respond creatively to their encounter with the unique Stewart Island/Rakiura.

“I’m impressed by these artists’ willingness to experiment with printmaking 
to try and capture the complexity of those things within and beneath. 
The energy, spirit and stories of Rakiura are held in the play of textures and line. 
These print ‘postcards’ speak strongly for the enduring vitality of printmaking.” 
Mark Amery, from the catalogue essay, April 2016.

Jacqueline Aust, Above and Below, 2016
Photoploymer etching, 50x35cm, edition of 15

Inge Doesburg, Soliloquium, 2016
Etching, 50x35cm, edition of 15

The residency offers artists a chance to explore the historical, commercial and natural locations
that are so emblematic of the island’s isolation and rugged natural beauty.
They were also able to experience its complex and dynamic environment,
with excursions hosted by local guides, whose knowledge of the area
plays such a large role in supporting the island’s exceptional culture.