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The Growth of “Hope”

New Zealand Artist: Heléne Henare

Year: 2013
Dimensions: : 310mmH x 310mmW
Media: Acrylic Paint
Painted On: MDF Cross

This artpiece was part of the “How Iconic” Exhibition 2013 at the Uxbridge Creative Centre, Howick, Auckland.
Artists respond to the theme of hope.
11th October – 27th November, 2013

Twenty New Zealand artists, from various disciplines (painting, sculpture, photography and applied arts) and using assorted media, have been invited to express themselves within the set template of a 320mm x 320mm wooden cross. The resulting exhibition, entitled “How Iconic”, showcased 40 artworks expressing the theme of hope. It was a unique opportunity to acquire artworks by both emerging and established artists for less than $500 a piece.

Artists selected for this exhibition were required to purchase a host shape. The crosses were cut from 9mm MDF and measure (width) 320mm x (length) 320mm. Both arms were 100mm in breadth.

Concrete Jungles, War-torn Countries and Impoverished Communities – grey, drab and totally bereft of colour. ‘Despair’ has set up home here!…but in one small window the insistence of ‘hope’ quietly grows in the form of a small seedling – refusing to conform to what is and to it’s surroundings. Happy to change and flourish as it grows…ohhhh, the beauty of ‘Hope’!