Artist Creates City of Memories at Toi Pōneke

29 April 2013

Seven years after featuring in Toi Pōneke’s first ever exhibition, Karina Rossiter returns to the gallery this May with a range of dazzling large-scale pastel and pencil drawings in a display called “. . .and all of this I do in the huge court of my memory”.

Opening at 5.30pm on Thursday 2 May, the exhibition’s title is taken from Book 10 of St Augustine’s Confessions. According to Karina, the works explore the idea that we can store a seemingly infinite number of memories which allows us to experience things that are no longer present.

“The exhibition looks at the city as a ‘huge court’ where our memories are stored in the vastness of urban space. Buildings become the places where memories are stored, at times becoming household drawers and filing cabinets. Cranes are the means of storing and retrieving memories. Text is used in the form of ‘family trees of definitions’ to illustrate the random nature of our memories.”

Rossiter, who studied at Whanganui’s Quay School of Fine Arts, has a library of images of landscapes and structural objects that her works are inspired by. She also uses dictionaries to create visual interpretations of definitions. “For me art is about combining and recreating what I see and how I experience my world,” she says.

Karina and Sarah Thomas were the first artists ever exhibited at Toi Pōneke Gallery back in June 2006, with Viewpoint: Varied Standards of Accuracy.

Her most recent exhibition was when she was accepted into the Molly Morpeth Canady Award show in March this year, for which she was one of 74 entrants chosen out of 300.

“. . . and all  of this I do in the huge court of my memory” is on at Toi Pōneke Gallery, 61 Abel Smith Street from Thursday 2 May till Friday 26 May.

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