Idealistic

 

Idealistic

2004
Acrylic on board
220 x 420
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This work is a comment on Don Brash’s ‘Orewa speach’ where he stated several ideals that would see New Zealand move on from two cultures and move towards one country, one people. It caused a lot of controversy, and although it had many good points, they all seemed to me to be quite idealistic in nature.

This was created as part of a block course at Art School where we had to limit ourselves in some way. For this, I decided that I would create the artwork purely by using finger painting. Finger painting is usually an art and craft activity limited to the early childhood years and the juxtaposition was to see if a full work of art could be created.