Áqua Doce – Sweet Waters, an exhibition by Tanya Blong
Kina NZ Design + Artspace is pleased to host the return of Muriwai based artist Tanya Blong, with her exhibition Áqua Doce – Sweet Waters.
Since her hugely popular exhibition with Kina NZ Design + Art Space in 2017, Blong’s work has continued to rise in popularity with sell-out exhibitions in New Zealand and a strong Australasian following.
Born in Australia and bred on the shores of Taranaki, Blong studied at Hungry Creek Art and Craft School, graduating in 2006. Her work ranges across 2D and 3D mediums, and she has exhibited in New Zealand and Australia. Her work is held in international, private and public collections.
Blong’s show Áqua Doce – Sweet Waters is an ongoing painted series known as “The Bathers”. It is suggestive of a mottled memory of time and place. It evokes hot heady summers and the intoxication of the tropical fragrant flowers and humid vegetation.
The broody narrative hosts a suite of dark females, cloistered at waters edge, idyllic and inviting yet it holds an undercurrent, a tension perhaps? It’s that familiar place, but with further mining presents itself as much more.
It is not just the elusive bygone era that Blong is addressing but the celebration of painting, the laying down of colour upon colour, the marriage of light and dark. It is this juxtaposition of colour that conveys emotion and eludes the viewer to a sense of inclusion or perhaps exclusion.
The series developed after Blong spent five years living in Western Australia. The culmination of modern Australian art, the light and colour reflected in the landscape and the return home, developed the notion of place, specifically of the land owning us, as place being of kinship quality.