WRITING HOME – AN EXHIBITION IN PAINT AND LETTERS
Bridging the space and time between the script of ancient Phoenicia and contemporary living Rhondda Greig presents works that explore through painted letters and words links to the notion of home.
From the simple link of the shopping list, an expression of the cohesion of domestic – home – order, to the chaos of home itself denied – homelessness – Greig writes home in her new series of works. A long-time social and political commentator through painted works, she expresses through her references to the home-base of writing itself, Phoenicia, views of home ordered, home remembered and home lost.
Greig’s work is held in public and private collections in New Zealand and in a number of other countries. She has exhibited notably in galleries in Japan as invited artist and in Scotland where she was Artist-in-Residence at the University of Aberdeen.
Her painting complements her other work as a published poet. In both fields through the action of abstraction and the medium of strong colour she dissects turbulence, suggests relationships, raises demanding questions.
Early on Greig had a period in Auckland studying at the Elam School of Art and spent two years studying architecture at Auckland University. Her architectural studies have always informed her painting and writing. They have also contributed to her awareness of the requirements of given spaces, forms, scales in order to give powerful expression. In her public art installations (she was short-listed for the New Zealand memorial in Hyde Park, London, with New Zealand architect Mark Burry), her architectural awareness has been a critical element of her works.
In her new exhibition Greig employs her skills as graphic artist and poet. Poem becomes painting. Painting employs poetry. The word as it is written conveys through its visual shape and style something of its meaning and contexts. In works recalling the Phoenician origins of script itself the exhibition expresses the continuity throughout human history of the attempt to transmit the idea through word-meaning, word-shape, the visual sound of the word.