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Cathy Tuato'o Ross: The Optimist's House


Tue 15 Nov 2011, 10:00am–4:00pm
Wed 16 Nov 2011, 10:00am–4:00pm
Thu 17 Nov 2011, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 18 Nov 2011, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 19 Nov 2011, 11:00am–4:00pm

Where: Photospace, Level 1, 37 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: James Gilberd

My interest lies in the fine balance between optimism as an expression of hopefulness and optimism as an expression of hopelessness. Optimism is often paired with naivety, dim-wittedness or wilful blindness. But I don't think it should be. Anyone can be an optimist.

I am a reader. Optimism, realistic or misguided, is a state of mind that colours a narrative. Optimism is often evoked through the use of idiomatic expressions. These worn-out words and phrases have provided the starting point for this body of work.

I cover my kitchen in royal icing, starting with the cake but creeping over the cups, the dirty saucepans, the dishes from last night, the crumby school lunchboxes. It is now white, clean, undulating and sweet-smelling. If I squint, I can imagine snowy landscapes or pretend that I have created large abstract sculpture. In fact, Peter Robinson's Snow Ball Blind Time springs to mind. The dishes underneath are forgotten. I have made something beautiful.

- Cathy Tuato'o Ross, 2011

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