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Nichola Clark Photograph "Te Uetuku" 2015

Nichola Clark (b. New Zealand), "Te Uetuku" from "Hiruharama" series, 2015. Glicee archival pigment print, Hahnemuhle Fine Art. Number 1 of a limited edition of 12. Comes with a COA signed by the artist. Whereas Clark's earlier work focused on issues of identity and the concept of "home", more recent work "further explores the significance of land and belonging, communicates the spiritual connection both personally and through the eyes of others". Her wor is rooted in a site on the Whanganui river known as Hiruharama or Jerusalem. This was among the largest river settlements in the 1840s inhabited by hundreds of indigenous peoples from the Ngati Hau tribe. Originally from Whanganui, Ms. Clark spent many summers camping on this river, and she has been in the unique position to document the river for more than 20 years. Size: 24" W x 16" H (61 cm x 40.6 cm)

According to Clark, "The work is based around a site up the Whanganui river known as Jerusalem or Hiruharama, a historical location that has rich spiritual significance. It was one of the largest settlements of the river in the 1840’s with several hundred Ngati Hau inhabitants. In 1892 Susan Albert also known as Mother Mary Joseph established the Sisters of Compassion that became a highly respected charitable and nursing organization. Albert also established the Jerusalem Founding Home in 1886 that housed and cared for abandoned children from all around New Zealand. In the early 1970’s New Zealand poet James K Baxter migrated to Hiruharama after ‘being instructed in a dream’ to do so, he too cared for abandoned youths that did not fit into the restraints of society. He adopted the name ‘Hemi’ developed Ngati-Hiruharama, a commune focused around living from the land and rehabilitating victims of drug and alcohol abuse. Baxter had struggled with these demons personally throughout his life. He took his leanings from the Maori community and developed a philosophy of key elements including aroha (love), korero (discussion), tangi (grief), mahi (work) and kotahitanga (unity)." (https://www.nikkiclarkphotography.com/about)

Condition: A couple of scuff marks/smudges to the composition. Otherwise very good. Comes with COA signed by the artist.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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