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Land Girls and Lifesavers - Paintings by Sally Spicer


Fri 25 Aug 2017, 9:30am–4:30pm
Sat 26 Aug 2017, 9:30am–4:30pm
Sun 27 Aug 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm
Mon 28 Aug 2017, 9:30am–4:30pm
Tue 29 Aug 2017, 9:30am–4:30pm

Where: Yvonne Rust Gallery, 21 Selwyn Ave, Whangarei, Whangarei

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Sal3tx3

In Land Girls and Lifesavers, Sally Spicer has created paintings and prints that observe the varied lives and contributions of New Zealand women during World War II. Sally worked from black and white photos from the 1930s and 40s 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 Sally's attention, as she venerates the smaller moments in these women's lives, as mothers, friends and wives.

There 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. The mundane, the challenging, and the joyful moments are treated with equal respect.

Sally's works in oil paint re-imagine her subjects in full, rich colour. She pays special attention to fabric and pattern, hinting at her interest in the small details. The drypoint and linocut prints show a simplified, graphic technique, and Sally's strong background in drawing. Her endless fascination with people, faces and expressions is explored also, and she enjoyed the opportunity to observe the way faces can differ from era to era.

Sally is an artist based in Whangarei, New Zealand.

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