June 3 - July 8 2017
Exhibition in association with the
PIERRE PEETERS GALLERY
Conrad has been described as an obsessive, 'outsider' artist, with the powerful, sometimes menacing, sometimes benign presence of her masks and icons sharing an intensity with tribal arts from East and West. The rawness, wild humour - and intricacy - of some of her works link with the aesthetics of Art Brut, while, she herself, laughing, characterises her work as 'the spillings of the unconscious'.
Conrad lives in Sydney. Widely exhibited in New Zealand, Australia and Europe, her poetry is published in books including the Penguin Book of Contemporary Verse (ed. Ian Wedde) and the Oxford Book of New Zealand Poetry (ed. Vincent O'Sullivan). She lived on Waiheke in the early seventies.
For installation and some individual works see grid below.
In an extraordinary poetic email interview Romanian/American poet and artist Gene Tanta asked Christina Conrad what she meant by saying that part of the creative process meant 'inhabiting the legend of the unjustly dead'
'We are the Legend
reflected in its singular eye
we try to possess it
squatting on illusions hump
we pitch into
The Legends velvet womb
giving birth to our own image
in the seductive shadow...'
Read more in The Stolen Wig of a Million Judges, Gene Tanta interviews Conrad