John Hodgson

Recollecting: Fragments of Identity

A concurrent thread in the project is the memories that one misses out on due to circumstances of cultural filtering. It was only through this project that I discovered my first school was a stone’s throw from a local marae. A marae where once an early missionary and a paramount chief collaborated to avoid a northern Maōri attack on colonial Auckland – for instance. A contemporary Maōri art historian’s1 proposition that an understanding of Maōri ‘recollections’ of land use, events and place could be understood by applying the ancient notion of ‘palimpsest’, reading layers of concurrent overlapping remembrances each valid from different viewpoints, became important in the project both as a way of reading ‘history’ and of building the material object, the painting.

The recurring and layered motifs of river, a horseshoe bend on the Northern Wairoa (yellow, brown, muddy and full of eels), manuka scrub, rolling hills, waka (canoe) on the water, fires in the land – all these and more bridge the personal history of a small Pākehā child of the fifties, of the land, with the broader ancient and contemporary history of tangata whenua, the people of the land. My childhood years were the ‘50s and ‘60s at Kirikōpuni, Northland.

  1. Dr Rangihiroa Panoho
2017 11 25 16 46 40
#33, 'Untitled", Oil on Canvas on Board, 1200x1200mm
2017 11 25 16 49 37
#35, "Untitled" Oil on Canvas on Board, 1200x1200mm
2017 11 25 16 50 35
#33, #35, "Untitled" Oil on Canvas on Board, 1200x1200mm
2017 11 25 16 51 14
#34, #41, "Various Titles", Oil on Canvas on Board, 1200x1200mm
2017 11 25 16 51 50
#33, #35, #23, "Untitled", Oil on Canvas on Board, 1200x1200mm and 500x500mm
Works 30 21 2 37 3 28 A 27 38
Left to Right, Top to Bottom - Oil on Canvas on Board, "Various Titles", #30, #21, # 2, #37, #3, #28A, #27, #38, Oil on Canvas on Board, Variable Sizes
2017 11 25 19 08 15
#38, "Dargaville Summer", 500x500mm, Oil on Canvas on Board
2017 11 25 19 12 27
#36, "Burning Land", 300x300mm, Oil on Canvas on Board
2017 11 25 19 55 16
#21, "Untitled", 500x500mm, Oil on Canvas on Board
Work 2
#2, "Untitled", 430×360mm, Oil & Charcoal on Canvas on Board
2017 11 25 19 30 43
#30, "Untitled", 500x500mm, Oil on Canvas on Board
2017 11 25 19 25 40
#37, "Land Forms", 500x500mm, Oil on Canvas on Board
2017 11 25 19 33 01
#3, "Untitled", 500x404mm, Oil & Charcoal on Canvas on Board
2017 11 25 19 29 30
#27, "Untitled", 500x500mm, Oil on Canvas on Board
2017 11 25 19 26 42
#28A, "Christmas", 300x300mm, Oil on Canvas on Board
2017 11 25 20 08 24
#40, "Glory Days", 500x500mm, Oil on Canvas on Board
2017 11 25 19 28 00
#31, "Worldly Goods", 300x300mm, Oil on Canvas on Board

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