Collection

There's no place like home
Ani O'Neill

1998

Ani O'Neill
b.
1971
Title:
There's no place like home
Production date:
1998
Accession No:
2005/9
Measurements:
1014 x 550mm
Media:
wool and steel

Collection Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. Purchased with funds donated by the TSB Community Trust to the Govett-Brewster Foundation, 2005.

Ani O’Neill commonly works with the basic form of the crocheted circle, each work made of a series of parts, sometimes organic in shape, others forming abstract grids of orderly colour like that of There’s no place like home. The work is laid out on the wall in rows of colour according to the form of a rainbow, an optimistic symbol signifying harmony and renewal. The title of the work is a line from the movie The Wizard of Oz, while the rainbow form refers to the film’s song ‘Over the Rainbow’. References to The Wizard of Oz conjure up ideas of searching for and finding your heart’s desire.

O’Neill draws on the traditional art and craft practices of her Cook Islands heritage such as tivaevae, weaving, crochet and sewing and other fibre-based arts that had been passed down to her from her grandmothers. Her artistic practice frequently involves her community and family’s participation in their making. Her collaborative strategies are also reminiscent of her heritage where the community regularly gets together for celebrations or to help others with work.