Battling the pace of life and being realistic about its expectations are the inspirations behind Kina's latest art exhibition, Hand Mended.
Taranaki artists Anneke Moore and Emily Davidson have both drawn on their life experiences to create works that reflect the pursuit of happiness, while overcoming obstacles that are thrown at us.
Davidson's drawings of hybrid animal people evoke emotion, curiosity and, at times, raw pain.
The Okato artist says that, because we live in a world where we can get what we want when we want it, it is no surprise we try to apply that in everyday life.
"Life is a journey and sometimes we need to accept the shape of things and how our life grows, changes and moves against our carefully considered plans."
Davidson admits there was not a plaster big enough to give her the instant fix she desired, but creating these works allowed her to accept her journey in life and reflect on life, loss, and the pursuit of happiness.
Anneke Moore says her creative process was inspired by people's hardship and pain, as well as her own.
"Making the work brings healing and allows the processing of things.
"Mending my own heart through the process of creating work will hopefully mend the hearts and lives of others."
Moore says seeing people triumph over unthinkable circumstances uplifts the soul and inspires the world.
"Within these works I hope to achieve a reaction, where the viewer considers their own situation, accepts it and opens up, to bring resolution to their position.
"Peace and fulfilment are never achieved through hurry and lack of reflection," she says.
The series of drawings, paintings and stitched works reflects the struggle of both artists and will be on show at Kina until July 27.
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