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Untitled (woman found flayed and wrapped in ...
Shona Rapira Davies

Unknown

Shona Rapira Davies
b.
1951
Title:
Untitled (woman found flayed and wrapped in a threadbare garment)
Production date:
Unknown
Accession No:
87/6/3
Measurements:
558 x 760mm
Media:
Ink and pencil on paper

Collection Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth

This work is from a series of preliminary drawings for a performance / sculptural installation at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in May 1987 entitled 'Ma te wahine ka tapu ai to hanga nei, te tangata, ma te whenua kawhai oranga ai / Woman found raped, wrapped in a threadbare cloak'. Ceramic tiles were laid on a bed of sand on the Gallery floor. During the performance the figure of a woman was sculpted in clay, then framed with manuka sticks to indicate tapu. Davies' work is characterised by strongly political content and a passionate content and a passionate exploration of the role of Maori women in contemporary New Zealand art and culture.