Continuing our programme of local gallery visits and meeting artists, in late October a Friends group visited the Dowse Museum to see White Noise, an exhibition of new, colourful and recent work by Wellington-based artist Séraphine Pick. Séraphine talked about her fascination with images of crowds, as reflected in her paintings of people at the Wellington Sevens tournaments, and at the same time the inescapable isolation of the individual. She often uses the internet to seek out ideas and images from popular culture. In some of the works, specially painted for the exhibition, Séraphine explored images of reaching hands. Her work is continually evolving, pushing the possibilities of paint to reflect the current zeitgeist and human psyche.

Members very much enjoyed meeting Séraphine and learning about her painting practice. Our thanks to Director Courtney Johnston, Sian van Dyke and Dowse staff for their warm welcome, and we look forward to visiting future Dowse exhibitions.

Elizabeth Kay

Feature image taken in front of Torn up Phrases 2011 by Séraphine Pick. Left to right Lorna Leydon, Séraphine Pick, Nancy Anderson, and Mary Stevens.