Home explores the domestic environment as a key site of growth, learning, and sanctuary beyond the womb. The works featured are bright and sensuous; they carry rich stories, and celebrate whānau and play as vital elements of the good life at any age.
Robyn Kahukiwa’s painting asserts pride in whakapapa, drawing on the form of the family portrait and that of the poster. Using a childlike graphic style, Eilen Itzel Mena explores identity as a fertile and expansive field. Maungarongo Te Kawa’s extravagant pictorial quilts encourage the sharing of pūrākau, through looking, touch, conversation, and performance. Ruby Joy Eade’s quilts stand as object-diaries, recording experiences through stitched imagery and gathered fabrics. The sculptural furnishings of Gerard Dombroski engage in exaggeration and transformation, stimulating the imagination. Becky Bliss recreates Meccano pieces, forming them into wearable and wall-based pendants that call for the maximisation of self-discovery.