HAD I NOT BEEN AWAKE
23 NOVEMBER – 2 FEBRUARY
Had I not been awake is intended to prick your conscience by exploring the balance of relationships between humankind and the environment.
The art works are arranged in a narrative sequence which chart a cycle of human activity in the landscape; from the sublime landscape, urban scenes and human activity that has no concern for the environment. The exhibition is punctuated with portraits where the subject is looking in the direction of the viewer. These ask you to pause and consider each phase of the cycle.
The title of the exhibition refers to a poem by Seamus Heaney (1939 – 2013) from his last collection The Human Chain 2010. This exhibition is an interpretation of his poem as a memento mori, a reminder of our mortality, fragility and place in the world.
This exhibition draws on The Suter Art Gallery collection and will feature rarely seen paintings and prints by European artists alongside more familiar and recently acquired art works by New Zealand artists.