Wanted: Pile of washing, mountain at rear

Wanted by artist

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 05:00 11/02/2014
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Mountain with Washing

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Artist Marianne Muggeridge is on the hunt for a painting she sold 18 years ago and which she thinks might still be in Taranaki.

She said she wants to include it in the upcoming exhibition she and partner Roger Morris are preparing for called Mid-Life Retrospective: Portraits, Landscapes and 911.

The absent art work, Mountain with Washing, was painted in the upstairs workshop of their Oeo Rd property.

Muggeridge said she was painting the mountain over a number of days but was interrupted one day when it started raining.

She said she ran outside to get the washing in and when she dumped it by the window she liked how it looked and decided to include it in her painting.

"The washing stayed there for at least three months," she said.

Now, Muggeridge wants to be reunited with the painting so it can be included in the couple's upcoming exhibition at Stratford's Percy Thomson Gallery from February 28 to March 23.

The exhibition will provide a space for Muggeridge and Morris to show their separate bodies of work, which they have produced over 40 years.

For Morris, it is also a chance to reflect on how different historical events like 9/11 have influenced his art.

"They all impacted on me as an artist and they are part of my work," he said.

For Muggeridge, people have always been her subject of choice.

"Right from the word go I was interested in people," she said.

The couple, who are both fulltime artists, moved back to South Taranaki two years ago after spending more than a decade in Wellington.

They enjoy being back in the district and being part of the vibrant Taranaki art scene.

Muggeridge's most recent portrait exhibition, Taken Personally, was held at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery in Wellington in 2013 and was visited by more than 10,000 people.

Morris has shown regularly in Migalaxi Gallery Wellington, Kina in New Plymouth and Eltham's PTO Gallery.

Anyone with information about the painting Mountain with Washing can contact either Marianne Muggeridge or Roger Morris at 06 274 5713 before February 26 so it can be included in the show.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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