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Ani O'Neill

Ani O'Neill

Cottage Industry

 

2 October - 31 October 1997


Ani O'Neill was brought up in Auckland by her Rarotongan grandmother. Her work shows the influence of her Pacific Island background. While she draws on traditional Cook Islands female art practices—tivaevae, weaving, plaiting, sewing—these are combined with contemporary western media and references in surprising ways, with O'Neill nagging the art/craft divide. In Cottage Industry, she presents a line of coloured, crocheted discs, reminiscent of both doilies and rasta tam hats. It is as though these craft items had been dislocated and recontextualised as abstract paintings, recalling Jasper Johns' target paintings and Julian Dashper's painted drum heads. Cottage Industry was produced while O'Neill was Rita Angus Fellow at Angus’s Thorndon cottage.