Exhibition: Women's contributions to wartime New Zealand
A new exhibition at the Quarry Art Centre is based on women and the roles they played in wartime New Zealand in the 1930's and 1940s.
Artist Sally Spicer is staging her solo exhibition at the Yvonne Rust Gallery at the Quarry Arts Centre, Whangarei.
Titled Land Girls and Lifesavers, the paintings and prints observe the varied lives and contributions of New Zealand women during World War II.
Spicer worked from black and white photos from the era to explore her subject.
Some of the works show women who went to war, as nurses, and as naval officers.
However, the continuation of daily life has received the larger part of Spicer's attention, as she venerates the smaller moments in these women's lives, as mothers, friends and wives.
These are the women who fulfilled roles vacated by men; such as the so called "land girls" who worked on farms, and the volunteer surf lifesavers.
Spicer's oil paintings re-imagine her subjects in full, rich colour.
The dry point and linocut prints show a simplified, graphic technique, and Spicer's strong background in drawing.
Her endless fascination with people, faces and expressions is explored also, and she says she enjoyed the opportunity to observe the way faces can differ from era to era.
Opening nIght 5-7pm August 10. Exhibition runs until August 29.