Ferric Coruscation - Sonja Drake opens Thursday 18 Oct, 5.30pm

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Ferric - of or containing iron

Coruscation - to give forth flashes of light; sparkle, glimmer, glint

Ferric Coruscation here refers to the process of oxidization of iron, as it rusts and breaks down, as a metaphor for the cycle of life, and the beauty in decay as elements change and shift into new forms. As a young child growing up across the road from the wild surf beach at Tora, in the South Wairarapa, I was intrigued by the rusting wreck of the SS Opua, shipwrecked in 1926, lodged on the rocks among the breakers just offshore.

                                   The Flood

Sonja Drake’s current body of work focuses on the earth in moments of transition and transformation. She seeks to reveal the precarious line that divides creation and destruction. A sense of complexity is bought out through the way the medium itself is made to behave, the way the pigment moves on the surface as paint is applied in many layers, building up texture, then glazed to create depth.

The work is inspired by the natural world on both the macro and the micro scale. “I develop visual narratives as I paint, which reflect my interest in the state of the natural world in the current geological age, the period during which human activity has had significant global impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems. On the micro scale I consider the impact of environmental stressors on gene expression and how these manifests in humanity.”

While observing the complexity of the natural world Sonja reflects on the interrelatedness of everything in the environment including us, and the tenuous and delicate balance of life.

                 Sonja Drake


New Zealander Sonja Drake lives in Mairangi Bay, Auckland. A graduate of Elam Art School, Auckland University, she received her BFA in 1987. Starting exhibiting in 1985 she has shown in a number of exhibitions including three recent solo shows. Sonja has won a number of awards including the People’s Choice Award at both the 2011 and 2014 TCAC Awards, the MAC Painting Award in 2014, First Prize at ‘Moana-Our Ocean’ in 2015, the Browne School Prize for 2015 and the Uxbridge Estuary Arts People’s Choice Award in 2016. She has work in private collections in Aotearoa New Zealand and USA.

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