Between you and me
Louisa Afoa, Natasha Matila-Smith and Molly Rangiwai-McHale
19 April 2018 - 1 June 2018
Molly Rangiwai-McHale, Love and Affection (installation detail), mixed media, 2018.
Between you and me continues a conversation between three practitioners who work across sculpture, painting, vinyl and video installation. The works are developed as a second chapter to the earlier exhibition Heavenly Creatures at Verge Gallery, Sydney, 2018. The artists don’t claim to speak for everyone, but represent three perspectives amongst the many diverse voices of people in Aotearoa. While these three women share commonalities, it is their points of difference which underpins their works for these exhibitions.
Natasha Matila-Smith (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Hine) is an artist and writer based in Tāmaki Makaurau, with a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland. Her practice often deals with social interactions and anxieties. Natasha’s recent exhibitions include Heavenly Creatures, Verge Gallery (Sydney), 2018; You’re my number 1, Firstdraft Gallery (Sydney); In The Flesh, Blue Oyster art project space (Dunedin) and Cold Islanders, Waikato Museum of Art and History (Hamilton), all 2017.
Molly Rangiwai-McHale is an interdisciplinary artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau. She graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the University of Auckland. Her practice is centred on WoC in her life, and the experiences shared with them. Her latest projects have been in collaboration with her partner Luisa Tora, in which they have photographed queer identifying women in their lives.
Louisa Afoa is a Tāmaki Makaurau based artist. She graduated from AUT with Honours in Visual Art in 2016. Louisa’s practice deals with social encounters that relate to experiences of prejudice, misconceptions and racism towards brown bodies. Selected recent exhibitions include Heavenly Creatures, Verge Gallery (Sydney), 2018; Influx, Pātaka (Porirua); Cold Islanders, Waikato Museum of Art and History (Hamilton), and I’ll see you at Orion, Corban Estate Arts Centre (Tāmaki Makaurau), all 2017; and New Perspectives, Artspace (Tāmaki Makaurau), 2016.