This show gives visitors a unique opportunity to view 2016/2017 works by 88 year old established artist, Daphne Mason, whose career spans over 50 years. Drawn from her Compositions series, begun in 2013, these are highly structured and rigorous works in which Daphne challenges herself through the juxtaposition of colour and form.
The title of the exhibition refers to Daphne’s sense of responsibility as guardian or steward of her conservation block north of Auckland, in the face of rapidly encroaching land development in the area. In the 70’s, the late Ngati Maniapoto leader Dr Pei Te Hurinui JonesJPOBE, a friend of her husband’s, suggested the name “Whenuakura” (sacred or red land) for the block Daphne had recently acquired. It is this land, & its birdlife, threatened yet still protected, that inhabits these works.